Lilac has been as big as a house for a couple of weeks, and we moved her into the barn a few days ago before the cold spell. This morning while I was mucking the stalls, I noticed that she stopped munching her hay, laid down, and about 15 minutes later...
November 30, 2010
November 24, 2010
The cold probably finished off the mangel tops, which were providing good feed for the chickens and the pigs, but there are still plenty of the roots themselves which should have weathered the cold without much trouble. The carrots are likely finished, but the collards should be fine.
We spent some time this last summer getting the barn more warm and snug for the winter months. Mike finished all the doors and windows, and we have plenty of good hay and straw.
November 20, 2010
November 16, 2010
Last night a strong weather system rolled across Puget Sound with gusty winds, lightning and heavy rain. We were without power for most of the day here on the farm, but that doesn't really put much of a damper on the day's work of cleaning up. Surprisingly, not too many trees came down, and none directly on any of the roads or power lines. In the photo we see Terry looking over a tree that just missed the road, and will probably be stacked firewood within a week. As luck would have it, last night was the start of our winter schedule for the horses, and so they were all warm and dry in the barn.
November 6, 2010
Cover crops are important for protecting soil from winter rains, trapping and holding excess nitrogen, competing with weeds, adding organic matter to the soil as well as contributing to a healthy soil structure. Nature abhors bare ground and so should we.