Seeds: We have spent a good bit of time earlier this week sorting out seeds and finalizing the list of seeds required for our very early planting. We made a trip to William Dam Seeds near Dundas and bought the seeds for the earliest plantings. We now need to get going and finalize the whole list. There are so many interesting vegetable varieties out there to choose from but we can’t quite grow everything. Our vegetable varieties are chosen based on our past experience growing them, their popularity in the past and when choosing new varieties we look for something to replace a variety that is no longer available or maybe does not perform well for us and we look for things that may be unusual, maybe fill a niche, maybe have some enhanced
nutritional value, maybe have some properties that will make it easier to grow than something else similar. We’ll often try small amounts of different vegetables for some or all of those various reasons.
Weather: February has been going for 55 days now, several very cold nights again this week. The days are often nice even when
cold and if we have sun there is considerable snow melted. The cold weather delays our planting somewhat as our greenhouse is not heated and is nice and warm during the day, warmer when the sun shines but the cold nights make the greenhouse go down to temperatures pretty much the same as outside. The persistent cold plays havoc
with our drive way as it gets quite muddy. We need warmth and drying to get the driveway in better shape. Most years we have a very few days when we can’t use the lane either for part of the day or the entire day but this year there have been far more times that we have needed to leave the vehicles at the end of the lane. Signs of spring are everywhere though.
Chickens: and all the other animals are doing good, the warmer days or at least the sunshine really helps. The chickens like to get out and wander about as long as it is sunny and there is not too much wind. The hens are now laying more eggs these days, the warmth is the thing. The hen house is quite a bit warmer now and that is a major factor in egg production as is the increasing natural light
level. Lambs are still coming, 10 in total so far and more to come. We have spent a good bit of time doing repairs in the barn. Calves are also expected any time now. The Maremma puppy continues to do well and seems to be bonding well with the sheep and the sheep are getting more accustomed to and accepting of him. We are
talking with someone regarding purchasing a team of horses from him and will be going to have a look at them in nearly two weeks time. This is a younger team than what we have now so we can work them a lot more.
Reminder: If you have not contacted me yet about renewing your share for 2014 or if you are wanting to get a share for the first
time, then please do so right away as we need to be able to properly plan. Look for the details on the “Our CSA Program” page in this website and send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 519 752-3980.