First we had 30 straight days and 21 inches of rain on the orchard terraces (and everything else)….then clear and frost on the beet greens,
now, snow on the wheelbarrow.
This is supposed to turn to ice later-maybe we have enough elevation to miss out on the ice and just get more snow….
In spite of the rain the terraces have all held up well-I did a bunch of civil engineering to get water to drain and spread out along the terraces in both directions. The baby trees all seem to be in good shape.
I also graveled Osprey’s roundpen/sacrifice area, and boy has that been a godsend in this weather. No mud! None! And picking out is like cleaning a giant litter box. It was not cheap but worth every penny, and the horse appreciates not surfing around on slimy mud all winter long.
The pen is graded away from the barn, and the barn got gutters this summer. Then I put down road fabric which keeps the mud out of the rock so it lasts longer, 4 inches of 3/4 minus gravel, and 2 inches of 1/4 ten (‘turkey grit’) on top of that. The grit sized gravel acts more like sand but is safer for the horse-she is less likely to eat it and get sand colic.
We finally got our wood burning insert installed in the house-we are as cozy as cozy can be. It is a Lopi stove-burns cleaner than a pellet stove and takes a big piece of wood-24″. We also have minisplits to keep the house warm if we leave town or don’t want to build a fire-and the stove will keep us toasty if the power goes out. We took one chimney down to the roof line and had the other one lined. Next for the house is a new metal roof.
I have had a good rest, and am ready to start the planning and marketing for the upcoming season-I am finding with organic seed you really have to get on it and order early or a lot of the varieties you want get sold out. This is especially true for potatoes and cover crop seed. I have ordered a couple of good looking farm books, and my new BCS tractor, and will probably order and build my first green/prophouse this month.
The garlic is up and says we are already on the downhill slide to spring. The days are getting longer. But for now, I am happy to see some snow.
Happy New Year, everyone!