October 16, 2014 Farm News

Fall garden

Fall garden

Lots of rain and lots of frost. Well actually the frost came only for a little while in the mornings.  The last time though it was quite heavy and all the remaining frost sensitive things; the tomatillos, eggplants (aubergines), sweet and hot pepper (chillies), tomatoes, potatoes, squashes and beans, were all mortally wounded and are now just frost blackened relics of their former plant glory standing forlornly in rows in the fall garden.  The Swiss chard and many other veggies are doing just fine though.

This is what happens to your summer squash after one good frost.

This is what happens to your summer squash after one good frost.

Rapini, Turnips and cauliflower all looking better than ever.  They tolerate frost well.

Rapini, Turnips and cauliflower all looking better than ever. They tolerate frost well.

The kale is looking better than ever.  the plants in the foreground were harvested of most leaves last week.

The kale is looking better than ever. the plants in the foreground were harvested of most leaves last week.

Lots of leaves on this Kale which has been harvested at least twice before during this season.

Lots of leaves on this Kale which has been harvested at least twice before during this season.

We really do not need all this rain.  It gets in the way of getting things done and the ground is saturated, ground water reserves are probably pretty near full.  We still have much to do; potatoes are still in the ground, manure from the barn needs to be put out into windrows to compost, ground needs to be prepared for the garlic and the garlic cloves need to be planted.  Structures need to be built, new chicken house, finish the newest one, clean up the old, set out a fence around a new run for the chickens and ducks and get their roosts and better egg laying nests built.  The house and yurt still need to be winterized and the yurt stove needs a repair before it can be used.  We have been using the wood stove in the house for more than two weeks now, though occasionally it has been far too warm to fire it up in the morning or to keep it fired all day.  We must get together more firewood too.  And there is a whole lot more that needs to be done, but, this is sort of normal, it happens every year.

Anca, Maggie and Gabriel toiling away last Thursday picking what would be the last of 2014's beans.

Anca, Maggie and Gabriel toiling away last Thursday picking what would be the last of 2014’s beans.

The selection of peppers last week.

The selection of peppers last week.

Part of what was out for the Oct. 9 pick up.  Turnips, cabbage, broccoli, bok choi, celery, and kale are visible here.

Part of what was out for the Oct. 9 pick up. Turnips, cabbage, broccoli, bok choi, celery, and kale are visible here.

Another look at the same lot of vegies as well as more at the corner, some hot pepper, eggplant and parsley in the little wheelbarrows.

Another look at the same lot of vegies as well as more at the corner, some hot pepper, eggplant and parsley in the little wheelbarrows.

We will likely be doing at least two more, may be three more weeks of the Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) program that we have been running.  Th next pickup is for Thursday, October 16, and we will do another for the 23 and likely one more, one last time on the 30th of October.  The weather will be the deciding factor and we will keep all CSA Share members informed each week, each Tuesday or early Wednesday, by e-mail.

The ducks and chickens have just been let out for the day and they head straight for either the water, all the ducks, some chickens, or the food trough, few  ducks.

The ducks and chickens have just been let out for the day and they head straight for either the water, all the ducks, some chickens, or the food trough, few ducks.

The ducks dive in the chickens are contented with the over spill.

The ducks dive in the chickens are contented with the over spill.

 

They can not all fit in at the same time.

They can not all fit in at the same time.

Lots of photos this week as we thought the ducks in the water was really good.  The ducks like to do all this first thing.  They have great fun then go off snuffling in the grass or over to the food trough then they all huddle down and have a snooze. the chickens are quite calm about the whole thing, concentrating on the food while some get a drink mostly ignoring the antics of the hyperactive quackers.

They can be a blur at times.  Chickens are serenity in a stormy sea.

They can be a blur at times. Chickens are serenity in a stormy sea.

Had to include this one too.  What more can be said?

Had to include this one too. What more can be said?

All heads down.

All heads down.

More blurred ducks.

More blurred ducks.

They are a happy bunch.

They are a happy bunch.

It can be quite a frenzy at times.  How can a chicken ignore all that?

It can be quite a frenzy at times. How can a chicken ignore all that?

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