Looking to the right…..
To the left. The garden is all tucked in under covers
20, 26, 28 It’s not, um. shall we say “measurements” but what the thermometer’s read these past three nights. BRRRRR
Homesteading, urban homesteading for the matter, in the city – especially in Southern California– one really has it “easy” when it comes to “winter.”
In fact, our winters are pretty mild. There’s no snow in LA basin and temperatures hardly dip below 20. But for us So Calites, that’s considered downright cold! Since we are so spoiled, enjoying Mediterranean like weather 8 months out of the year, winter rather springs up on us and there’s still a bit of winterizing to do.
Speaking of spoiled, I know we people are wusses, but the animals are a close runner up in being spoiled department. Goats, chickens and even our cats disapprove of rain and cold. Our cats pathetically curl up with their noses under the paws, the goats shake their head and fluff their coats in disapproval, the chickens seem clueless why there’s wet stuff falling from the sky, and the bees hole-up in the hives. The ducks, however, are the only ones that seem to enjoy the rain and are not even bothered by the cold with their “gortex protection” — super sleek feathers with a nice bit of down underneath and oils protect them from the elements.
There are really only two animals we need to worry about – Amy the injured duck and now Bella, one of our bantam cochins, who, out of the whole feathered bunch, is molting late. Molting is stressful enough; but with this latest cold snap, we just keep an extra eye on her. We’ve been making sure that they get their minerals and apple cider vinegar in water.
We’ve been so busy of late but we need to start another batch of sprouted grains for them to enjoy, especially since the greens will be hard to come by for awhile.
The temperatures seemed to dip early this year so up go the canvas tarps around the animal yard to give them buffer against the cold. Yeah, I know, our winter preparations may seem a bit archaic compared with the rest of the nation. Now, to protect the crops, we’ve doubled the row covers and added on top of that a layer of plastic. And that’s about all we can do. Now we’ll just sit back (or by the fire) and let nature be.
Thanks for all the good wishes and concern over the frosted veggies.
Here’s an update from the farming front: There’s damage on the young baby greens but everything will recover in a two weeks’ time. We just have to tell our customers we are out of business for awhile and they’ll be disapointed, that’s for sure. Now, I’m off to give our clients a call and tell them we have “Nuh-THING!!!” (ala Schultz of Hogan’s Heroes)
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