November 21, 2013 Farm News

The view here has slightly changed since last week, maybe mostly because we moved the manure spreader to clear the way for potato digging.

The view here has slightly changed since last week, maybe mostly because we moved the manure spreader to clear the way for potato digging.

The third row of kale has not yet been harvested. This one was planted for winter harvest.  Come get some $4.00 for a large bunch of 10 to 12 leaves.

The third row of kale has not yet been harvested. This one was planted for winter harvest. Come get some $4.00 for a large bunch of 10 to 12 leaves.

Hello and another windy week has passed.  Today, Wednesday, dawns with bright sunshine and cold air  …  the temperature was down to -5.4 degrees

Horses still snoozing on Wednesday's frosty morning.

Horses still snoozing on Wednesday’s frosty morning.

Celsius overnight.  It will get cooler.  We have been quite fortunate this fall in that we have not had any  snowfall yet and much of the weather has been quite mild.  The only real complaint would be about the high winds.  We seem to have had an inordinate number of days with the winds well over 50 km.  The relative warmth has allowed us to get finished many little chores that needed doing.  We finished planting the garlic and now have 15 different varieties planted.  I jury rigged, quite badly as it turned out, the broken pole on the potato digger, but it

Wimpy, the gelding.

Wimpy, the gelding.

held together, barely, as you can see in the photos, long enough to get 5 rows of spuds turned up on the surface of the ground.  This was the most we have gotten out of a potato digger without breakage all season.  Thanks again to Shawn and Jason for helping us those few weeks back now in getting the digger into working shape.

On the potato digger pulling hard.

On the potato digger pulling hard.

We put away the remainder of the Kennebecs, the Chieftains, the Lintzer Delicatesse and the French Fingerlings and it does take a fair bit of time just to pick them up off the ground.  The digger just lifts them out and deposits them on the surface and leaves a few just under the surface.  The ones just under the surface are easily retrieved though it means scraping away the earth

Following the potato digger, the earth is pouring out the back and a couple of Kennebecs can be seen, it does come over the conveyor quite fast.

Following the potato digger, the earth is pouring out the back and a couple of Kennebecs can be seen, it does come over the conveyor quite fast.

with ones hand.  Quite a good lot of potatoes though we did not keep track of the total number of bushels..  I did keep track of the Kennebec enough to know that they were yielding about 5 bushels per 300 foot long row, which I think is not too bad an amount.

The digger that did the deed at the end of the day.  Worked well.

The digger that did the deed at the end of the day. Worked well.

We have been collecting firewood all week too and have a few photos of the pick up of wood at the front near to the road where the logs had been setting and waiting for us to cut up for well over a year.  This was another good workout for the horses.  The load was quite heavy though we could have safely put on more and the horses did not have too far to go.  It was a bit difficult for them to back the wagon which had to be done at the beginning in order to get ’round small trees and at

the job finished and the broken pole jury rigged and good enough to get the job done.  Now we can go ahead and start the repairs.

the job finished and the broken pole jury rigged and good enough to get the job done. Now we can go ahead and start the repairs.

the end to get the wagon close to the woodshed.  At  the woodshed end the backing was easier as the ground was level and firmer.

Here is something worth doing this Christmas season.  The musical ensemble Arcady with local conductor and composer and friend Ron Becket and choir is doing among other works

The machinery park. This equipment is to be repaired and brought up to good working order over the winter.

The machinery park. This equipment is to be repaired and brought up to good working order over the winter.

the Messiah at several locations and at several dates including Brantford, December 15 at St. Andrews United Church.  Look at the Arcady website for all the information:   http://arcady.ca  .  These will be performances well worth attending.  See you there.

Lastly,  we still have chickens, there they are (some of them) coming out of their hut this morning.

Heading back to the woodshed with a loaded wagon.

Heading back to the woodshed with a loaded wagon.

Going past where the CSA pickup area was all this last season.

Going past where the CSA pickup area was all this last season.

The chickens coming out for the day.

The chickens coming out for the day.

Backing round the corner and to the woodshed.

Backing round the corner and to the woodshed.

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