Picture above: The heading photo on the weekly blog from this one until sometime in the spring, will be a picture of the garden taken from the same spot at about the same time of day so that we can follow the change in the season and how the garden is changing.
Happenings: Last Thursday was the last week for the CSA pickups at the farm for the 2013 season and we have been working at cleaning up around and getting ready for winter. We planted more garlic for next season. The main crop was in the ground the middle of September and the garlic cloves being planted now are of several different varieties that we have been growing for a
number of years. They have country or region names such as Israeli, Korean, Italian, Sicilian, Salt Spring Island and there are about a dozen others. Whether they actually have any connection with the various names is a moot point but they very well may have and they are definitely different in many ways including growth habit, size, dates of maturity etc. We also winterized our chicken house to make it
warmer and more comfortable for our dear young hens. The lay rate is still off a bit and probably will remain below the maximum of which they are capable until warm weather and longer daylight hours return round about next May.
Horses, Cows and Sheep: The lot are still out on their regular
pasturage every day though the grass is really running out and we will have to move them to their winter pasture spots soon and begin to feed out hay regularly. Don’t want to do that too soon as they are now all eating too much hay to supplement their pasture as it is.
Sheep: Our sheep are primarily of a breed known as the Border Cheviot, an
English breed from the region around the Cheviot Hills. Ours probably have some other breed in them too but they do have the expected appearance of Cheviots and they act like Cheviots too. Some of our ewes had coloured hair, speckles, on the face and legs but we have been gradually eliminating this trait. The Cheviot is a medium sized sheep will often lamb twins and make good mothers. The Cheviot will thrive on poor pasture and gain a good weight without needing grain though we have been supplementing their pasture with grain.
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