The weather has been quite good for us as it has been reasonably warm and we’ve had a good amount of rain. We still have some things growing and in need of warmth and rain; beets, leeks, Swiss Chard, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and more. But the wet weather this past week has made things a bit difficult in that we get quite muddy digging out the potatoes and the last of the onions. Very muddy when we are out there in the garden digging in a steady rain. We are running out of time to get things done before winter is here. We have a lot of work to do to repair and to finish the various structures, we need to get more of the garden ready for spring, and that is vital to getting a real good start in April and we still need to get more wood into the woodshed.
We’ll likely do two more weeks of CSA vegetables before closing down for the season. But then we’ll still be very busy preparing for the rapidly approaching winter and getting things ready for spring. We are preparing beds and rows which will be planted in the spring by tilling them now, making a furrow for seeding or transplanting and then covering the rows and the walking area with a thick layer of straw mulch. We are continuing to split and pile firewood in our woodshed and already have about 4 full cords (4 x 4 x 8 feet) of wood stacked in the woodshed. Our firewood is cut into lengths of about 12 to 15 inches.
We thought that we would be getting more bales of hay and possibly straw on Friday but our hay delivery man did not show up and have not heard what happened. He’ll be here before long though with 30 bales of hay and about 30 bales of rye straw. The hay is coming from Macland Farms on Bethel Road and the straw from Edgar’s farm on Rest Acres Road. The hay is winter feed for sheep, cows and horses and maybe a bit for chickens while the straw is mostly for the garden as mulch with some going for bedding for cows and sheep (cows will eat most of it) and also a good bit for the chickens.