There have now been three pretty frosty mornings this fall so most of the frost tender vegetables are finished. The frosts though have not been too heavy just yet and some tomatoes, tomatillos, various squashes and beans, those frost tender vegetables, still have quite bit of leaf on them that is untouched by frost. Still the combination of cold and shorter daylight hours is not great for these same plants. The Cruciferae, also known as the Brassicas or Cabbage family are still doing well. This is their type of weather and the pest problems for them are lessened with the frosts. Things such as Broccoli, Kale, various Cabbages, Mustards, Arugula, Cress, Brussels Sprouts and the Asian greens such as Mizuna, Tatsoi, Bok choi, Komatsuna and many others comprise the Cruciferae. Lettuce and Spinach do well now. Radish, Turnip, root Cruciferae types also do well in the fall.
We had a farm tour and potluck dinner at the farm on Saturday afternoon and evening. theweather turned out to be perfect with the temperature around 20° C, sunny with light winds which dropped to calm and a near full moon and a light overcast later on. The various food dishes brought by all of us were excellent and everyone was well fed. Prior to sitting down Aerron and Gabriel led everyone around for a walk round the farm to see our beehive and the seven much better producing hives of the Bishop family, then past the sheep, a flock of about 20 Border Cheviot, down to the barn where Quincy was left to go back to guard duty, then along the back lane to see our draft (work) horses, the old retired Belgian mare Marie first, she is 29 years old now and then the team, sisters Nell and Marta along with the 2 and 1/2 year old colt Leucan. Nell and Marta are Belgians and Leucan’s sire is a Suffolk Punch. Then following the lanes up to the middle pasture where the cow herd was grazing. The bull did his bellow and head down threatening behaviour but he was safely on the other side of the electric wire, The cows and calves just watch the human crowd with detached interest. Calves are a little more curious.
We had been working quite a bit during the weeks before the potluck to restack our jumbled lumber piles and clean up that area around and at the CSA pickup spot. Not only does it just look much better but we also then were able to start building our shelter. This shelter will be an out of the wind, sun and rain place to display the vegetables on CSA pick up days. We can also use it to store things such as baskets and some small hand tools. So far just 4 posts in the ground at the corners and 4 beams running between the posts. Diagonal bracing at all the corners is the next step and then a fill in between posts with more posts and beams and joists.
The pasture grass is still pretty good and this brief time of warmer than usual weather will give a real boost to the growth. All the animals, chickens and ducks, sheep, cows and horses are doing good and this weather is great for them.