Winter happenings on the farm...Makeshift cold frame...I found these glass panes in the barn so I just threw them on top of one of my stock tanks. I can just pull them apart to let some heat escape. It was 40F outside the other day and almost 90F in the cold frame! At night, it still gets cold so I am going to throw a heavy blanket over and see if that helps at all to conserve some of the daytime heat. I am only putting cold hardy things in here (spinach, lettuce, and some herbs), just to give us some early salad greens...I will plant them in there next week.
I have started some seedlings in the house and put them out on the patio when the temperature warms up so they can get some hardening off.
|Onion, cabbage and parsley getting some sun...|
We rented a chipper/shredder to break down some of the smaller, dead limbs that are accumulating that are not really good for firewood. I will put this in the garden and around the flower/herb garden. We worked all day and still did not get through all the wood! I think we will just plan on doing this each year...
After we did all that chipping, I started pulling more dead wood out of the trees for next time. This is just the dead stuff that I can reach from the ground. There is a lot to do in this area and we will be working on this for quite a while. I am also just trying to trim things up so you can walk around without getting hit in the face with a branch.
|A little hard to see but there are 4 piles of dead tree limbs down the row...|
Yesterday, I started using those wood chips. I am hoping to cover the other half of the garden (the first half I covered last fall with a foot thick covering of hay over cardboard) with cardboard, a small (less than 6 inch) covering of hay, and then wood chips. The lighting is bad in this photo but I think you can barely make out the row of wood chips at the top (near the fence), then a row of hay and the cardboard...this is a large area and I expect it will take me the rest of the month to get it completed...I will post more pics once it is done. I remembered to take some "before" pics so I should have some nice photos to compare. I am curious if the voles will like the wood chips...I don't' know if they would find them easy to tunnel through...I guess time will tell...
Found this old tractor tire in the barn. The plan is to plant sweet potatoes in it. I am hoping the black tire will capture the heat needed for the sweet potatoes to grow well...
Started some sauerkraut...trying to get back to eating more vegetables which can be challenging for me in the winter when there are not lots of fresh options...
We went tubing at Silver Mountain in January. Mark seemed to really enjoy it!
We have had a nice amount of snow this year!
|Snow wave in the field behind our house|