Saturday, December 31, 2016

Farm Work Is a Cold Business

It's December 31. It's cold and windy out there. Adam was push-mowing the garden yesterday. He and Philip nearly finished fencing in the garden. He's mowing the tall grass twice and laying the clippings on the last long garden bed that needs a "grass blankie." It looks so tidy now!
A potato growing bin will again be in that cluster of posts, and the new greenhouse will go to its right.
In the far corner Adam has decided to place a truck gate into the garden and will use that metal frame filled with a mesh wire as the gate.
I'm amazed at how different the garden looks this year compared to last -- neat, large, fenced, planned, organized. I'm eager to see how it looks in 6 months!
A little kale and collards is all we have in the garden now.

Two days ago he worked on the herb bed. He will surround the entire U-shaped bed with the metal trim from the roof work.
 It doesn't look like much, but in there are thyme, tarragon (tall on the right), oregano, lemon balm, a bay tree, and parsley that's volunteering too early.

 He cuts and trims the metal pieces so they will link together. He also finishes the sharp edges.

 He dug the trench the metal will be inserted into. The center of the "U" will give us access to all the herbs easily and keep invasive plants from wandering out or in of the beds.
 Beau supervised.
Today Adam again tried to burn the brush pile, but it's too green. There was ash floating in mid-air, however, and Ned can't resist jumping and chasing them.


  1. Looks like a nice day to be outside! The place is looking so nice!

  2. Lots of changes happening there. It's looking good. Happy New Year!

  3. Happy New Year! I love that you're putting up a greenhouse! That's on my wish list, but it won't become a reality this year I'm afraid. Nice to see you can work on the garden.

  4. A farmer's work is never done. You two are moving right along there on your farm. It is always interesting to see what is going on there.

    Have a wonderful 2017 ~ FlowerLady

  5. I had to work in my garden a little bit today and it was indeed cold. Usually around the end of January we get the kind of days that make me want to be out there, examining the buds on everything... in the meantime, I guess I need to put on more layers! Not like Adam with his shorts ;-)

  6. Your photo of Beau supervising is just like my cat when she notices something unusual. I went through the house yesterday sweeping up. Every room had a little pile of dust waiting to be scooped up into the dustpan. One of the piles was being closely guarded by our cat...just in case I missed it! Your farming progress is great to see. I must do something more useful with my grass clippings.


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