Sunday, February 14, 2010

Valentine's Day

Snow predicted again. and in "significant amounts". We have a path way tamped down in the snow to get to the greenhouse, where we have most of the poultry. But the driveway..thank goodness for 4 wheel drive, we have been using it!
Planned out the vegetable seed purchase. Trying to get as much as possible from Southern Exposure Seed Exchange before they run out: their organic, open pollinated vegetable seed stock is just what we want to use. And supporting this company that keeps the old vegetable varieties is exactly what we want to do. And so do many others, because they do run out! By mid-March we will set up our plant incubator..peppers, eggplants and tomatoes will start there followed by artichoke, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage & cauliflower.
Next week we take delivery of 6 Buff American breed that will grow to be a tan color, solid duck. We are scheduled to receive 5 females and 1 male. Duck eggs, and maybe a few babies are in our future!
We woke early this morning to the fox calling. Got up to discover foot prints around but no access gained to our birds. This deep snow has every animal out of sorts, and this is the time of year the fox really turns to our flocks to sustain themselves. From now until things really thaw out they will be howling outside our windows. Time to reinforce fences, make certain electric is always on and maybe set some snares..

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