October 24, 2016 FARM NEWS

The usual Monday photo of the garden, noon hour this time

The usual Monday photo of the garden, noon hour this time

Looking down the valley from our house about 5 days ago.  Note the change in the next photo.

Looking down the valley from our house about 5 days ago. Note the change in the next photo.

A lot of leaves have come off the trees during the last three days. That's Marie horse at the bottom of the photo.

A lot of leaves have come off the trees during the last three days. That’s Marie horse at the bottom of the photo.

The weather is getting to be more fall like every week.  For us so far it has been very good as we still have a lot of vegetables growing in the garden and the grass is still green in the pastures though the growth has really slowed.  Mostly the garden growth is really slowed as well and large plants are staying large and only maturing slowly which is a good thing.

Radishes in the foreground with kale behind. The kale leaves here has been picked over the last two weeks.

Radishes in the foreground with kale behind. The kale leaves here were harvested over the last two weeks.

We still have much to do. The CSA pickups will continue for at least one more week and very likely two, and if the weather does not get too cold and if we still have enough vegetables then we may have three more weeks of CSA veggie pick ups.  Two or three more weeks would be really nice so as to make up somewhat for our slow start this year. Our chickens are still laying at a good rate so we have plenty of eggs.

The chickens were mostly staying inside as they don't like the cold wind today.

The chickens today were mostly staying inside as they don’t like the cold wind.

In the garden growing right now there is KALE, RADISH, CABBAGE, BRUSSELS SPROUTS, ARUGULA, PEPPER, LETTUCE, BOK CHOI, TATSOI, MIZUNA, KOMATSUNA, TURNIPS, COLLARDS, MUSTARD, CRESS, RAPINI AND SPINACH.  And probably a few things that I’ve forgot.  Mostly greens for salad and stir fry, soups and sandwiches.

The garlic to be planted still resting in the shed.

The garlic to be planted still resting in the shed.

Firewood waiting to be split and moved to the woodshed to be stacked.

Firewood waiting to be split and moved to the woodshed to be stacked.

We have gotten a start on the vegetable pick up shelter. Much more to be done.  Next some bracing and a roof.

We have gotten a start on the vegetable pick up shelter. Much more to be done. Next some bracing and a roof.

We have several important works underway at the moment; we are trying to erect a shelter at the pickup area, a building long over due and one on which we have made a good start; we are preparing ground for the planting of our garlic, have to move on this very fast as ground  may freeze up on us at any time now; getting firewood for the winter, it is all around, we just have to get it in the wood shed; and get the garden or parts of it prepared for winter so as to be ready for spring planting. These are probably the priority and then there are the usual day to day things and a whole host of other little projects that have been delayed or put off as we did not have time to do them.

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One Response to October 24, 2016 FARM NEWS

  1. Robert Feagan says:

    Garlic and chickens — I think there should be a picture with those two groups much more closely together — leading to thoughts of culinary mixing

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