December 26, Farm News

The week -to -week spot in nice winter sunshine and a bit of softening snow.  Machinery still awaiting repair.

The week -to -week spot in nice winter sunshine and a bit of softening snow. Machinery still awaiting repair.

The same spot on Sunday after the ice storm, still raining.

The same spot on Sunday after the ice storm, still raining.

Trees laden with ice. A couple of small pines just out of the frame came down  on the fence shortly after the picture was taken.  We cut it up right away and  pulled the fence back in place.

Trees laden with ice. A couple of small pines just out of the frame came down on the fence shortly after the picture was taken. We cut it up right away and pulled the fence back in place.

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

The shrub willow in front of our house looking very pretty in it's coating of ice,  It was undamaged.

The shrub willow in front of our house looking very pretty in it’s coating of ice, It was undamaged.

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

The kale got a coating of ice but no damage was done.  The curled under leaves shed the ice nicely so that the leaves do not get broken off.

The kale got a coating of ice but no damage was done. The curled under leaves shed the ice nicely so that the leaves do not get broken off.

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.

By Thursday the ice had disappeared and was replaced by a nice little covering of snow.

By Thursday the ice had disappeared and was replaced by a nice little covering of snow.

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

The kale looks rather pretty with the snow softening the landscape all around.

The kale looks rather pretty with the snow softening the landscape all around.

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

A close look at the kale leaves shows that they are still in good condition mostly.  Some of the lower leaves can be seen to be drying, turning a light gray-brown on their edges.  Even these are still perfectly fine for eating. Eventually though the entire leaf dries out.

A close look at the kale leaves shows that they are still in good condition mostly. Some of the lower leaves can be seen to be drying, turning a light gray-brown on their edges. Even these are still perfectly fine for eating. Eventually though the entire leaf dries out.

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

Looking down on a red kale plant with a covering of snow.

Looking down on a red kale plant with a covering of snow.

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.

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