|sage, juniper and rabbit brush|
We're fortunate to have irrigation water for most of our property. Irrigation changed this region from desert-like to an incredible agricultural and livestock producing area. Desert grasses are fragile and don't grow back quickly but the soil, mostly a sandy type and shallow, is good. There are vast acreages of hay and alfalfa grown as well as many root vegetables like onions, garlic, and potatoes. In our immediate area we can't dig very deeply, though, because more often than not we hit a nearly impenetrable barrier of lava rock. It makes it interesting trying to build a fence. Irrigation normally runs here from early April to the end of October which comes close to last and first hard freezes.
|Dwarf Blue Arctic Willow|
Last week, there was so much snow in our mountains, the local ski resort, Mt Bachelor, closed. We pretty much dodged that bullet other than a skiff of snow here and there. But it's January 26th. There are still two months to the spring equinox and lots of weather can happen. And, of course, nights will remain cold. Is it Spring yet? I can dream, I guess.