After an extremely wet December, January’s been relatively dry and mild. For the most part we’ve been able to have both doors wide open during the day and even venturing outside bare foot.
Seeing and talking with friends back East, seems there’s still a LOT of snow and more to come. Tis’ one extreme to another I suppose.
On Sunday we did a major clean up of the urban homestead. Still to be done is the animal compound – taking out a foot or two of compacted compost that will be this year’s new garden soil. Jordanne’s been putting it off because of an old shoulder injury (she got hit while riding a bike by a SUV – the person driving was in the wrong) that flares up in winter.
Much of the back yard garden is under wraps, “floating row covers” that is. So there’s really no purty pictures to be had – though underneath these white clothes are lush carpets of assorted greens and things. We’ve even had to cover the snow peas because there’s these little birds that pick at the leaves. Since pea shoots are such a hot seller at the Front Porch Farm Stand we’ve had to protect the young pea shoot leaves from being decimated.
The new duckies are laying so there’s egg to finally tally. A few chickens are laying and the others are getting more “talkative” so I suspect they’ll be laying any day now.
Here we are again, a new year and a new tally. After last years record breaking harvest of over 3 1/2 tons ( 7,000 pounds ) of produce, will be interesting to see what this year will bring. And as any farmer knows it all depends on the weather and keeping the plants healthy to ward off disease and bag bugs.
Produce: 293 lbs
Eggs: Duck 58 / Chicken 8
Like to know if you, readers, or fellow bloggers are Keep Track of your harvest this year?