December 19, Farm News

The constant spot looks much like last week but today it was sunny and not snowing and there is now a lot more snow on the ground.

The constant spot looks much like last week but today it was sunny and not snowing and there is now a lot more snow on the ground.

The back corner of the property near to the top of the river bank Looking very wintery but it is nice and sunny.

The back corner of the property near to the top of the river bank Looking very wintery but it is nice and sunny.

   

The horses at their morning hay during the snow storm earlier in the week.  Looking through the branches of the honeysuckle bush.

The horses at their morning hay during the snow storm earlier in the week. Looking through the branches of the honeysuckle bush.

     Very cold and a good bit of snow as you of course know.   We did a bit of shoveling by hand the first day it snowed and the next day Aerrron hitched the horses to the snow dump and cleared the driveway.  Not a lot of snow to remove and Aerron did not push the horses hard and gave them lots of long breaks.  We no longer push the horses hard no matter what

The double row of kale, the reds being at around the middle, hallway along.  The kale at this end has ben picked clean except for maybe a half dozen small leaves at the top.

The double row of kale, the reds being at around the middle, hallway along. The kale at this end has ben picked clean except for maybe a half dozen small leaves at the top.

the job any more because of their age.  When there is a lot of wet snow then the snow removal job becomes hard work.  It has been unusually cold but so far this has not caused too much of  problem for us.  We bundle up, do our chores, run water, break ice, drain hoses and lines, feed animals, collect eggs (none frozen so far), cut firewood, get cold, go inside, drink coffee, sit by the fire get warm and do it

the single row of kale planted for winter picking only and we have barely started on it.  The leaves are covered with snow and quite frozen but they break off easily.

the single row of kale planted for winter picking only and we have barely started on it. The leaves are covered with snow and quite frozen but they break off easily.

all over again. The next few days are predicted to be warmer just a little above freezing.  the chickens are not coming out at all during this cold spell.  I try to provide them with novel entertainment by putting unusual things or extra grass, leaves, garlic stems, whatever seems appropriate, into the chicken house so that they have something to do other

The laneway near to the summertime CSA pickup location on Wednesday and the snow is drifting back in after having been cleaned off using the horse-drawn snow dump on Monday.

The laneway near to the summertime CSA pickup location on Wednesday and the snow is drifting back in after having been cleaned off using the horse-drawn snow dump on Monday.

The mare Marie still munching on the mornings haywith a very snowy winter landscape in the background.

The mare Marie still munching on the mornings haywith a very snowy winter landscape in the background.

A closer look at our mare.

A closer look at our mare.

Our loyal dog as usual waiting for me to take her into the warm house

Our loyal dog as usual waiting for me to take her into the warm house

than fight with one another.

The kale still looks pretty good and we still have quite a bit left but on close examination it can be seen to be drying more and the leaves are now limp.  It is still, however, very much alive during the cold and it will stay alive to greet the spring but no significant or even noticeable growth will take place until we have temperatures above freezing.  The kale still is nutritionally good and still tastes good and we use it every day, some 8 to 10 leaves a day usually.  The rabbits have not found our kale yet, but eventually they will, unless we can come up with an idea for a fence of some sort.  Everything else in the garden is buried under snow and frozen in the ground.  The only other things in the garden are garlic and onion greens.

The seed catalogue from William Dam Seeds arrived on Tuesday.  This is our third so far for the 2014 season and by far the most important as most of our seeds come from there.  Wm Dam Seeds are located just west of Dundas up on the escarpment on Hwy 8 and we always make the drive to pick up our seeds and to talk with them.  We always learn a lot in our conversations and hopefully we are able to give them some useful information from the gardeners’s point of view.  They are best local seed source, this is their 65th year and they certainly know their stuff.  We have dealt with them for over 20 years.  The William Dam

His majesty the goose still looking and acting very good in spite of his advancing age.

His majesty the goose still looking and acting very good in spite of his advancing age.

Seeds website is at http://www.damseeds.ca  .   They have their catalogue on the website and you can request a print version too.  They do mail order for the seeds too of course and in the spring they usually have a very good selection of already started plants to choose from in their greenhouse which you would have to pick up there.

All the photos on this weeks blog were taken this week.  The chickens have decided that they are not going to come out of their house in the cold weather especially when it is windy.  Lots of sunshine and no wind and  a temperature near to the freezing mark will see the flock venturing out to investigate the changed landscape.  No pictures of chickens this week.

One more blog to come this year then we have a whole new year to hope and plan in and to see if that promise inherent in the oft used phrase “well there is always next year” will come anywhere  near to being true.

Until then all of us wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a happy holiday season.

 

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