February 27, 2017 FARM NEWS

The usual Monday morning view of the garden looking a little less wintery.  The car parked there as going further was just too muddy.

The usual Monday morning view of the garden looking a little less wintery. The car is parked there as going further was just too muddy.

The astute observer before 9:20 Monday evening would have noticed that I had posted the date as September 27.  I have no idea what I was thinking. The very warm weather the past week has us thinking more and more about the coming spring. We still have so much to do and now, not a lot of time to get things done.  Getting Maple trees tapped for collecting sap took a lot of time as did the boiling down process.  The collecting of the tree sap is so far not too time consuming as all the trees that we’ve tapped to date are fairly close by.  Most are the maples, Acer negundo, yer common everyday ubiquitous Manitoba maple.  Makes perfectly good Maple Syrup though needs more boiling as the sugar content of the raw sap is, on average, less than a sugar maple, Acer sugarness. We don’t have a sugar shack or anything similar but simply boil down sap in large pots on our wood burning cook stove.  It takes a lot longer this way but the stove is going anyway and the heat is in the house.  The humidity level can get pretty high at times, but we can make some claim to not using any electricity or fossil fuels in our operation with the exception of extra water used from our normal to do extra clean up.

Two pots of boiling sap sharing stove space with my coffee and pancakes. The pot on the right was empty.

Two pots of boiling sap sharing stove space with my coffee and pancakes. The pot on the right was empty.

All the various animals are fine.  Two twin lambs born last night and we did lose one new lamb last week that died unexpectedly.  It was weak from the beginning.  Chickens especially like this weather as they can all go outside without having the chicken house get too cold.  We close up the doors just as soon as some start to huddle inside out of the draft in the corners.

The door is open and most of the chickens are outside but this lot decided it was better here and some are up in the nesting boxes.

The door is open and most of the chickens are outside but this lot decided it was better here and some are up in the nesting boxes.

We will begin seeding veggies pretty soon.  The first will go into trays to be grown for a good while in the unheated green house so we can’t get going too early.  Once the weather starts to remain mostly above 10º C at night and warmer in the day, we’ll seed a few vegetables directly into the garden starting with the fava beans

The kale looking very winter worn.  But most is still perfectly fine to eat.

The kale looking very winter worn. But most is still perfectly fine to eat.

Since the beginning of the week we have seen several flocks of Tundra Swans flying over. Seems to us that they are just a little bit early.  We have seen and heard the Killdeers as well.  Starlings are busy nest building.  Sure signs of an impending spring.

Starlings.  The only birds I could photo this morning. Could hear the Killdeeer calling but no sin of tundra swans.  Crows kept eluding the camera.

Starlings. The only birds I could photo this morning. Could hear the Killdeeer calling but no sign of tundra swans. Crows kept eluding the camera.

 

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