October 17, 2013 Farm Newsletter 20-16

The pickup area last weekend, well supplied we hoped.

The pickup area last weekend, well supplied we hoped.

Another view of the pickup area last week, lots of squash.

Another view of the pickup area last week, lots of squash.

Happenings;     Thanksgiving of course occupied a bit of our time over the weekend but this was time off.  Since the garden work is not quite as pressing as before are now shifting our focus to getting things ready for the coming winter.  We really have to get the rest of our firewood into the woodshed, cut, split and stacked.  There is a lot to do there.  We have

Fall colours still this week.

Fall colours still this week.

various maintenance jobs on the house and the yurt that need doing before the weather gets too depressing. The woodshed and the toolshed both need repair.  We need to get some sort of shelter up for our machinery as it has all been out in the open for far too long.  I’m sure too that there are a lot of other things to be done that are

Alfafa, our (hopefully) pregnant goat with one of our black Cheviot sheep.

Alfafa, our (hopefully) pregnant goat with one of our black Cheviot sheep.

lying around forgotten waiting for us to rediscover them and groan.

So this past week we were doing some of those things.  We also had a go with the ‘tater digger once more.  We had some trouble getting started as we broke two of the conveyor bars and had to re attach the nose shovel as the retaining bolt broke.

Horses. sheep and a goat on a real pleasant fall day ( Tuesday ).

Horses. sheep and a goat on a real pleasant fall day ( Tuesday ).

We also at first were having difficulty in setting the depth until it was realized that instead of moving the lever to make the digger run shallower we were doing it backwards and making it run deeper.  The horses knew of course and just danced about refusing to pull.  We soon got that right and the digger worked perfect for the remaining half of the row.  Then on the turnaround the mare

Sweet Pepper, the yellow ones are a Hungarian that we will save the seed from. Mid October and the peppers are doing well, amazing?

Sweet Pepper, the yellow ones are a Hungarian that we will save the seed from. Mid October and the peppers are doing well, amazing?

did her little trick of getting an itchy leg rubbed on the pole.  This is an annoying habit she has developed and pretty much sits on the wooden pole.  It was a bit weak and broke, and that ended potato digging as a new pole was unavailable.  I’ll have to make one and the whole operation is going to take me half a day.

From the left, Tomato, beets with spinach in front, cabbage with the lettuce and mesclun at their end.

From the left, Tomato, beets with spinach in front, cabbage with the lettuce and mesclun at their end.

The broccoli with the onion and garlic to the left.

The broccoli with the onion and garlic to the left.

The praying Mantid thought the Fuzzy Wuzzy might make lunch. In the end P.M. couldn't get past Wuz's fuzz and the struggle ended with each going off in opposite directions.

The praying Mantid thought the Fuzzy Wuzzy might make lunch. In the end P.M. couldn’t get past Wuz’s fuzz and the struggle ended with each going off in opposite directions.

This week;  We still have a lot of vegetables in the garden as temperatures and rainfall have been right to keep most things growing well.  We have Potatoes, Onions, Cabbages, Broccoli, Garlic, Sweet Peppers, Kale, Spinach, Squashes, Lettuce mix,  Green Onion, Apples, Small Pears, the Herbs Tulsi, and Basil, very small amount of Snow Peas,  and maybe a couple of other things.  We have had some real nice fall, warm fall, weather of late.

Important Note;  We are now at our 16th week of vegetable pickups at the farm and we will have at least two more, maybe three more weeks.  We will end when the weather gets

too cold, when everything is just too uncomfortable, when the amount of vegetables declines too far, when we run out of things.

So much of the garden is still looking quite good and there is a lot still growing. The pastures are still o.k. though the regrowth has slowed some. We are still running the sheep and cows through on their regular rotation, one day on a section then moved on to another section for a day or sometimes two days.  The sheep though have moved into the horse pasture that they have stayed out of for the whole summer so they are looking for better grass.  We have not had any trouble with the coyotes this year.  They are around, we here them at night howling, barking  and yipping to one another.  The sheep wander the pastures fearlessly which they would not do if the coyote had been chasing them.  When the coyote harasses them the sheep tend to stay closer to the barn and to avoid the back hill and the valleys close to the dense tree growth and to be a lot more skittish and easily spooked into running.

The wrestling match between the Praying Mantis and the caterpillar lasted about 10 minutes and it really looked like caterpillar was doomed.

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2 Responses to October 17, 2013 Farm Newsletter 20-16

  1. Robert Feagan says:

    Aeron and Robin — though this writing seems like Robin’s … I love how much time you have put into this work of the website. It flows really well, and the pictures are really useful for following the stories you are telling. Who know that little tater diggers could be such interesting little machines!? Robert

  2. Mr Tom Hoy & Mrs Ann Hoy says:

    I agree that this is a wonderful website and the pictures are a pleasure to look at.
    I could see some of the prices on the chalk board in one of your pictures and what amazing and inexpensive products!
    It would be nice to see a general price list. For example
    Organic Green Peppers $1.50 to $2.00 a Lb ( depending on our cost to grow )
    Organic Tomatoes $1.50 to $1.80 a Lb ( depending on our cost to grow )
    etc.
    Then I could write a grocery list. I also thing that when people compare the prices between Grocery store produce and your Organic Produce, the prices will be a pleasant surprise!
    I know I went to Zhers to pick up some Organic carrots and then went to ” Goodnes Me!” right across the street, the prices were similar or lower for the organic produce at ” Goodness Me! ”
    Also the organic produce was often LOWER than the regular Zhers produce!
    I’m looking forward to going to your farm and picking up some of your delicious organic produce!

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