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
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
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.
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
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.
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.