During the winter there seems to be nothing happening on our little farm, but now as I look over the past few months we have been busy. There are about 100 assorted seedlings ready to be planted in the garden. The wood racks appear to have a lot less wood stored in them as we burned the wood stove all winter. No one has loss any weigh as we cooked many a good meal and lived off the rewards of our hard work last summer. All of the animals lived through the winter and now we await baby chicks on the 22nd of April. We were busy but I just could not find things I felt interesting to share. It was the day to day things, doing laundry, cleaning, running errands, that kept us busy.
I started the bulk of my seeds January 15th when the wood stove worked as my heat source and as the hot bed for my seeds to develop into little plants. I planted some of my standards, added a couple of new things and even a few flowers to bring in more bees and butterflies. I have been checking for life in the garden, the artichokes are coming up, globe and Jerusalem, comfrey, rhubarb and garlic chives.
In the garden, we are seeing many signs of the moles, they just ate a hill of walking onions. I did my chives in pots in the tunnel because the moles ate most of my plants during the summer. I started new seeds, put in large pots and they are safe from the mole.
I am sorry to say my camera became sick during the winter, I plan to take it to the doctor to see if it can be repaired or if I must replace it. I just have not been in the direction of the stores who might fix it, in our area there are not any close tech stores. It is on my list. I did have to replace my wifi and it was a process finding the place in our home where it would function. I did locate a special place and now I have real good access to internet (maybe the best ever!!!. I will be posting pictures with my blogs and if you feel you have seen them before you may be right. I will be using my pictures from old albums.
I was so pleased to see there are so many faithful friends and neighbors who follow my blog. Even when I do not post, there are ones who read it. I did find myself going in and checking on some information from past times. As I become busy with the spring, I do want to keep my journal on Facebook and here. With the blog it is an overview, Facebook is a little bit more of the day to day operations of our little farm.
Since I began this blog, I find I am the only remaining member of my family from growing up, as my parents and siblings have passed away. I will from time-to-time post a blog of reflections as I find myself going back to my parents home as we become more embedded into the rural way of life. I am seeing the results of 11 years of work in the vegetable garden and I will be sharing the garden with you during the summer. The goat barn is down to 3, the chicken coop is home to 17 and 3 ducks live in there run with a pool.
Eggs, yes, we are collecting eggs, hen and duck. Our life is good just like the abundance of eggs we are now collecting. Many thanks to all of you who take a few minutes to read about our life here on Triple Creek Farm.
The winter garden has produced, Harvesting spinach, swiss chard and onions. Along with our eggs we have enjoyed spinach salads omelettes and quiche. I also make spaghetti adding spinach and/or chard. We were able to have fresh garden grown veggies most of the winter.
Fire in the outside fireplace, a cup of hot tea awaits me and a brownie. There is plenty for you to share with us, stop by, visit our little farm and share a brownie. Until....