March 23, 2015 Farm News

The week over week view is showing only small changes from last week but is a change for the better.

The week over week view is showing only small changes from last week but is a change for the better.

The vernal equinox has passed a couple of days ago and here we are well below freezing at night and even a touch below during the daylight.  An unanticipated set back for sure.  Just delays getting rid of the last remnants of snow and keeps the frost in the ground longer.

Last week Aerron heard Tundra Swans but could not see them, it was dark, and on Saturday we sighted two separate flocks each flying in exactly the opposite directions, one of about 10 birds and the other perhaps 30.  I wonder if they are later this year.  Have seen and again heard a single Killdeer flying about and an American Robin too was heard.  No sight nor sound from them since early last fall.

Nell, Leucan and Marta soaking up the warmth of the morning sun on a cold spring morning.

Nell, Leucan and Marta soaking up the warmth of the morning sun on a cold spring morning.

Still hope to get something, maybe Broad Beans into the ground the first week of April.  We made a voyage to William Dam Seeds near Dundas on Saturday and got a good quantity of the seeds we need and will have some flats, some trays, sown in Onions and Leeks sometime today.  they will have to be germinated in the house and even there it will be difficult to get a good bottom heat for the soil all the time.  Always a major problem with no simple easy solution.

The cow on the right is Tippy, due to calve about any time now.

The cow on the right is Tippy, due to calve about any time now.

All us animals are well.  Two lambs, twins born on the weekend are doing well.  Several losses of lambs this year.  Poor nutrition likely due to poor hay and insufficient grain supplement was a contributing factor though we suspect that much more than that is going on.  The Shorthorn cow Tippy is due to calve anytime now so that will be nice.  Good if she waited another week for the weather to warm a bit.  She has been looking imminent for a few weeks now though has not made much of an udder yet though even that is not a sure sign of anything.

I t is a cold morning but the front of the coop is out of the wind and sunny.

I t is a cold morning but the front of the coop is out of the wind and sunny.

Maple syrup making is still a big thing.  Always large 4 pots on our stove and big pots and a large pan on Maggie and Aerron’s too.  Total made so far is but 2 and 3/4 litres.  No sap flow for the last two days as it has been too cold.

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One Response to March 23, 2015 Farm News

  1. Robert Feagan says:

    My guess is that the critters too are looking forward to the spring — just as the rest of us are.

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