A lot of last week was routine. Searching out and gathering firewood for the home fires. All of that wood had to be carried into our woodshed, cut to length then carried into the house and the yurt. There were the daily rounds of feeding and watering all the four footers as well as all of the feathered two footers. We had to gather eggs frequently since when it was very cold and windy we risked frozen eggs if they were left too long. We did have several this week. The chickens still wander where they will, even in the cold winter, looking for new spots to hide their eggs, though not so often as when the weather is fine. We are going to keep the worst offenders, the breed known as Rhode Island Reds, locked in for a few days to attempt to break them of the habit and get them accustomed to laying eggs in their chicken house. In the cold and the windiest weather, the chickens do mostly tend to stay inside. Some of them will stay inside nearly all the time anyway but there are others who seem to get outside as much as they can. Often though, when the wind is blowing hard, and the temperature gets to well below freezing, the chickens will mostly huddle as far from the open door as they can get. Door is best left closed on those days.
Still spending a fair bit of time preparing for the upcoming growing season. We have to list what seeds that we think we’ll need, what we will trial, and try to figure out just how much we should plant. It takes searching through many catalogues looking at old favourite vegetable varieties, reading about new, interesting and enticing ones, then we have to decide what to go with and what to just let go. We will get the majority of our seeds from William Dam Seeds near Dundas, Ontario. They are on the internet at http://www.damseeds.com Have a look at their website and their on line catalogue. There are dozens or likely several score seed purveyors in Canada alone. Most of them are a good read with lots of interesting, and in some cases unique, plant seed varieties listed.
Short blog this week. Must learn to note things as they happen so as to be able to recall when it comes to typing it all up.