The weather was remarkably cold again on two or three nights the past seven days. The warming trend that is now developing is welcome though we are expected to get quite a lot of rain on Thursday and that will not do anyone or anything any good. It will certainly make a mess of our lane way. The snowfall overnight Tuesday and into Wednesday morning, along with the wind, made for a plugged up laneway again which needed a lot of shoveling just to get the cars to the end of the driveway. The snow banks along the road near us are higher than we have seen in many years and they extend much further along the road than I remember them having done in past winters. Green’s Road is now a lot easier to travel than when I was young. That is due to the road having been rebuilt about 40 years ago which elevated it slightly and filled in the valleys somewhat and also that the snowplows are around more often. I personally would like to see less of the snowplows and would like to have the roads impassable much more often. I wonder how much fuel and how much road salt is expended to keep roads as they are. Municipalities, maybe, should set out a conservative limit to how many litres of fuel can be used annually and then work around that.
All the chickens, ducks, the goose, the sheep, the goat, cows and horses are coping just fine, and, we have one new lamb, a little ram, also doing just fine. More lambs to come in due course over the coming weeks.
This past week was not one of our most productive as four days were taken up with the family Day weekend and that was well worth it. But we have been doing a lot of work trying to figure out which chickens and which vegetable varieties to get for the coming season. The intention is to get more chickens than last season and to have some hens that will give us a greater variety of egg colour. Much darker brown eggs, blue and green coloured eggs, and the rich olive colour from Copper Black Marans, Americaunas, and a hybrid of those two for the last egg colour. We thought that we might get some egg laying ducks, perhaps Campbells, Runners or Welsh Harlequins. I am trying to find good photos of all these chickens and duck varieties but this is needing a lot of searching for good pictures.
Way too many seed catalogues to look through with way too many really intriguing vegetable varieties. The trick is to stick mostly with what we know can do well for us and add a few new varieties that seem to be an improvement in certain aspects and to bring in other for trial that are quite different from what we have used in the past. Not straightforward at all. Then there is the difficulties arising when a variety is dropped from seed catalogues and we can no longer get it. This is the strongest argument for seed saving, a task that adds another workload to an already impossible one. We do save seed but for some we are not as careful we should be in order to maintain seed purity and we’ll often end up with hybrids, most of which are still useful, but not for maintaining a favourite vegetable variety with those uniform desired characteristics.
We are still looking for everyone that wants to participate in the 2014 CSA season. Please let us know if you are considering and especially if you are certain of your intentions. We really need to know as soon as possible. Thanks all.