A day late getting the weekly blog posted, Christmas was far to fun and busy so I was quite unable to get anything else done. Oh yes we did feed and water all of the animals but nothing extra was accomplished. Quite the week we had what with an rain, an ice storm, good bit of snow and now plenty of cold. We here were very lucky with the ice storm. Our electric power was off
for only a few hours early Sunday but was back on by about 6 am and though there were a large number of branches broken there was not much serious damage at all. For us mostly a minor inconvenience at most, yes we were very lucky when we hear what others endured. With our wood stove providing all of our heating and cooking needs during the winter, save for
an electric space heater, even a prolonged power outage would not have been to serious. What if everyone used a wood stove like we do. Considerable less fossil fuels and a lot less electricity would be needed but what about the air quality. In valleys and at times of atmospheric inversions, pollution would be a serious problem.
The new year is but a few days off and we have to get real serious now with preparations for the 2014 growing season. We first have to do an overall garden plan, easy enough really as we are just making minor, usually, changes to our previous year, and then we have to go through our seed supply to see what we have and how much is there. Then we must list what we want to do, things
like four rows of tomatoes here, a row of lettuce at this spot, a half row of fennel over there, and so on, and then we need to start looking through the seed catalogues and prepare our need to get list. All easy enough but it does take a lot of time.
Still must take apart and repair and have repaired a lot of our machinery so that it is ready to work, without
breaking, when we need it in the spring and summer. Right now much of it sits gathering snow, and ice in the open, which is far from the ideal for machinery which one depends upon.
We must also look carefully at how we run the CSA and decide what changes are needed and whether or not we should increase the share price. Once that is done all the information will be posted and notice
e-mailed out to all those who were in the CSA last season and to all those who have expressed interest and whose e-mail addresses we have.
Nuff said, hope that you like the photos in this week’s blog.