So I hope MU fans enjoyed their impressive win, because I have to say we didn’t. As I feared, Saturday was the worst market of the year, really quiet with not much spending other than a few loyalists who showed up early. There were tumbleweeds by 11, and we made just over $200 (gross). Bleagh. We won’t be coming next week, as the weather is going to remain warm and there’s plenty to do. Such as:
GENERAL FIELD WORK
We’re working through the fall cleanup; pulling dead or finished plants, spreading & incorporating manure, planting winter cover crop, maintaining overwintering plantings like the row of kale at left, and so on.
This is garlic season. So far we’ve put in about 40% of the crop, and will get much of the remainder done this week. For each variety, we trench the beds into parallel rows, separate the cloves while rejecting any suspicious ones, plant the cloves about 6″ apart, then cover & mulch them. We’re experimenting with mulches this year, comparing traditional straw with on-farm leaf mulch. Once this is done, we may offer any leftovers for sale, though Red & Moe has also expressed interest in any remainder.
We’ve already disposed of the geese (eating one fresh and freezing two), and will be moving on to goats. This fellow has his date with the freezer on Thursday, the first moderately cold day in a long time. He’s more than due, having recently learned to test and escape through fences and generally become a troublemaker. And we’re more than ready to have steady supply of meat again.
One of my larger, and most desired, fall infrastructure projects. Planned for since last winter, when we milled the necessary lumber, I’ve finally gotten started on this. Sited just north of the vegetable field, at a reasonably central location for all our pastures, this will become the