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Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Depths of Winter

It's cold and icy and there is not much farming to be done right now. This morning at 6 am it is hovering around zero Fahrenheit.

It is way too early to start most of the seeds. we have onions growing in the seed room and should start some leeks this week and shallots as soon as the seed comes in.

It is way to early for tomatoes, peppers, melons, zucchinis, etc but I suppose we could think about starting lettuce, kale, chard and other cold hardy greens inside this week so they are ready to go in a hoop house in 3 to 4 weeks.

We do have quite a bit of pruning to do but right now the conditions are bad-ice all over the ground means that you cannot use ladders safely nor can you cut out raspberry canes.

So we sit around doing non farming things (lots of baking, deep house cleaning, watching movies, playing with the cats, taking long walks in the snow, removing ice from all surfaces, snow shoveling, reading, blogging, etc..) and even being a bit bored.

We will savor these quiet days when we are too busy for sanity (and it is hotter than Hell as well)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Favorite question to farmers from non-farmers: what is it you do all Winter? which only gets asked this time of year (just before the deluge)