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Thursday, December 9, 2010

why, hello there

Once again it's been awhile since my last post, but here we go...

New spinach beds, protected by row cover and plastic. At the far end will be the hoophouse.

Winter is officially here and I am. not. ready. Shocking, right? The used hoophouse purchased in September is still not up. Good grief. I don't think I know anyone who can procrastinate like me. However, on Saturday my brother-in-law and my sweetie will be here to help and we intend to get that puppy up. I'm hoping my fall-planted spinach survives until then. It's been cold.

Happy silkies in the greenhouse.
broody hen
The greenhouse still needs to have the last of the summer plants cleaned out. Hard to imagine, but I was still harvesting tomatoes last week - in an unheated greenhouse! This recent onset of cold weather however, has done them in. A couple of weeks ago I moved the silky chickens out there until I got around to planting for early spring production. As a side bonus to procrastination, they have had a blast pecking around, finding weed seeds and bugs to eat while scratching up the dirt. They will be able to have free run of the place while I get the beds ready for planting, but once seeds start going in they'll have their own pen - still in the greenhouse, but contained so they don't kill the new seedlings. They love the sun and the warmth, and I love hearing their contented clucking while I work. One of the hens has decided she'd like to sit on eggs and so I gave her a dozen to take care of. They should hatch right before New Years and be ready to start laying by June. The chicken's pen in the barn has been converted to accommodate the geese. Their food and water bucket are in there and a corner has been set aside, ready for next year's brood of goslings.

The great wall of leaves.
In other news, sweetie has been collecting bags of leaves for me. I'll use them next year as mulch around garden transplants. The battle against weeds starts now.


Anonymous said...

Your 4 goslings that came to us are beautiful. We ended up with 2 ganders and 2 geese. One will be our Christmas dinner and the other 3 will hopefully be a successful breeding trio. The Buff gander's voice is higher and quieter than our Embden's.
This is only our second winter with a hoop house and I find it to be quite forgiving of my inexperience. We harvest greens for the house, scraps and weeds for the poultry and bugs and pests for the ducks. VL

Jennifer and Steve said...

Wow! So much going on there! Hope all is well. :) jak

Teri said...

So glad to see you back on! I want you to know I am coveting those bags of leaves! Even though we have lots of big, big trees, I've been know to go curb shopping for people's bagged leaves in the past. Didn't get them all swept up soon enough this year - now they are buried under snow. :)