We have been very fortunate over the years that the pickup day has seldom had much rain. Last Thursday was the wettest pickup day that we have ever experienced. We managed though and were pleased that pretty much all of you CSA sharers ignored the wet and came to the farm as usual. This wet weather is not really needed at this time for the
garden, however it is
probably critical that the groundwater be replenished and that is a some what long term process requiring wet autumns such as we are now experiencing. This is needed to maintain the water table which is also under increasing usage as the human resident population increases in this area and elsewhere
We have one more CSA pickups after this week and it is Halloween. Spooky eh! But this depends on several things being in our favour. The weather has to be at least above freezing, preferably way above, we can’t have snow and rain is definitely unhelpful to us at this point. Rain not only gets us wet, cold and
uncomfortable but at this time of the year begins to make our laneway
impassable. The trend was
already there so we made some repairs to the lane, some very badly needed, long postponed maintenance. We reset those paving stones that were wobbly and wont to flip up and strike the under side of cars. We filled in the worst of the ruts to keep car’s bottoms from scraping
the ground, and we spread wood chips to make the
surface smoother. Apologies for not having done this sooner. Our laneway should not be a car
This weeks pick up will have many of the same veggies that you will have gotten over the past few weeks; Potatoes,
Cabbages, Onions, more Green Onions also known as scallions, Garlic, Squashes of many sorts, Pumpkins, Kale and if not destroyed by frost, Sweet Peppers, Spinach, Swiss Chard, Lettuce in a Mesclun mix, Tulsi, Parsley, a few Tomatillos, a few Apples, and Broccoli. If we have time that is; and if we can, there is a possibility of Jerusalem Artichoke, maybe some
Nettle and Rose hips too. Plenty of it around, need a lot of time to get it. Maybe we can find more thing as well. All so conditional on the weather.
Still a lot to do, firewood, various repairs to various structures, more work on the laneway, repairs to machinery (and here we have much appreciated and much needed help), garlic
planting and a small amount of other garden work. Have to be sure we have the overwintering areas for the horses cows and sheep all prepared and ready to be used.
The firewood work will be going off and on from now until the spring. The machinery repair will probably go on all winter long as well. We would like to get a few of the really
important machinery pieces into perfectly restored working order so as to be able to reliably get the spring work done on schedule and to actually get done that which is needed
to get done. The Potato Digger repair work has just started and we would hope to have, by summer, two machines completed and available. The Manure Spreader is
an important tool and will probably be the second piece of equipment to be repaired. We have two spreaders, one in much better condition than the other but it would be immensely helpful if they were both in working order. Having two of as many things as we can means that there is the possibility of using both at the same time to get work done faster or it can also means we have an
implement in reserve so that time won’t be lost making an unforeseen repair. Our set of out throw single set Disc Harrows is another important piece. This is one of four or five disc harrows that we have but is a small one that will be more easily handled by the horses, has easily used levers to adjust the angle and importantly has a seat.
Another important implement is the sickle bar horse drawn Hay Mower which, though it is in working order, does need new parts such as a new cutter bar, preferably two so that we have a spare. This is very useful for cutting small areas for hay in odd locations, for keeping the grass cut short around the garden and very importantly regularly keeping the pastures clipped so as to keep tender grasses growing and to help eliminate weeds. There are a number of other implements needing repair but having just the Potato Digger, Manure Spreader, Disc Harrows and Hay Mower in excellent working order would be most helpful in getting things done on time in the spring. These pieces and the Horses are almost vital to our gardening. We also need a new and younger team of horses but that is another story.
SEE YOU AGAIN NEXT WEEK !