What’s happening, late October

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.

PLANTING GARLIC

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.

BUTCHERING

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.

DAIRY/ANIMAL BARN
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

year-round milking facility and hay/grain storage location as well as a winter home for goats and possibly chickens. This still isn’t certifiable for milking or cheese-making, but it will make our own lives much easier and more efficient, while improving our ability to pay workers partly in raw milk. And it’s a more secure and comfortable home for livestock and poultry; if we decide to raise more pigs next year they’ll likely start out here as well. As with our other building, this one is 100% on-farm cedar lumber.

HUNTING SEASON

Deer season opens Nov 13, so I need to start scouting locations and just generally preparing. With all the developments in our main fields, I think patterns will be very different this year and will need to adjust. Looking forward to some fresh almost-free meat, too. Hopefully it’s as easy as last year’s Darwin deer; we did see another one off the porch yesterday.

MISCELLANEOUS

And all sorts of other things. Fall food preservation, chopping & stacking firewood, raking/collecting leaves into large piles for future leaf mold, and more.

3 thoughts on “What’s happening, late October

  1. I would have come to the market but in NO WAY did I want to fight that traffic!I see some of your beds look ready for winter. I have failed to start on mine yet. Trying to figure out what I need to put on them first to help my Moniteau Country yucky soil.

  2. Let me know if you have garlic left over that you're willing to sell that'd be suitable for seed garlic. I will likely have some space that won't be used over the winter.