Spring may officially be here, even if it doesn't quite feel like it outside. Indoors, we have green things growing - some of these, like tomatoes, peppers, and onions, we have to start indoors to get them to transplanting size by the time the fields are ready. Plants like these will grow all season long, until harvest starts in late summer. At this time of year, we also start some kale and lettuce. We will plant those out early, under the protection of row cover, so we can have some ready to eat by late spring.
Among all our other planning and season preparation tasks, we have also been trying to catch a glimpse of our barn cats. We adopted five of them (five!) from Friends of Feral Felines in Portland last fall. They are all feral cats that were living in an abandoned barn in Buxton. Friends of Feral Felines trapped and rescued them all just before the barn was demolished!
In the photo below (which is taken in infrared light by a game camera), Rufus (an orange tabby) and Lady (white) are sitting on the straw bale, and Black Tom (black with white socks) is eating out of the food dish. We had been a little worried since it has been such a cold, snowy winter, and we never see them during the day. They all look quite well-fed, however. We are moving the camera around the barnyard to see if we can get a better picture of where they all go when they're not eating.