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December 2, 2008


Old stump made into a salt lick. 

I wish we still had the bull that got his head stuck in here.  He would have come in handy today, when Della came into heat. !!!  Instead I had to call the AI guy again.  If she doesn’t take this time, she should come in on Christmas.  I knew if I posted a picture the other day, she would probably come in.  😦 

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Finally, the last of the canning.  This is the last of the applesauce from the windfalls.  All the rest of the apples should keep OK.   

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I’m gradually pecking away at my list of things to do BEFORE December 1st.   The sheep did a bang up job of eating the tomatoes, peppers and weeds in Greenhouse 1.  I tilled and seeded a cover crop of winter rye.  This is whats un-natural about greenhouse growing.  Watering – it is raining and I’m irrigating.  After the crop germinates, I shouldn’t have to water, maybe only sparingly.  My dream would be moveable greenhouses like Eliot Coleman’s.  File that under winning the lottery, or a volcanic event that flattens out our garden/orchard area. 

The plan is to plant winter vegetables in this greenhouse next year, so it will probably get at least two cover crops before that happens.  Warm season crops will go in Greenhouse 2, that has winter crops planted in it now.  We named our greenhouses, as if we have employees or in that we have so many they need names…  Possible redneck affliction or some form of type A manifestation. 


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A tour of Greenhouse 2.   For my new readers, these crops could all be grown outside, I’m using this space as a deer proof winter gardening area.  These greenhouses are unheated, the sides are still rolled up so these plants are thoroughly hardened off.

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Kale and cabbages.


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Melissa cabbage.


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January King cabbage. 


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Winter Density lettuce.


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Brune d’ Hiver lettuce. 


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Wild Garden Chicory.

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Joi Choi bok choy.

I scratched the kiwi jam, we had received too much rain before I picked the kiwi’s, their flavor was too washed out.  I still have jam from last year, so the kiwi’s became chicken food.  And, I still have to make some kraut, but I root pruned the cabbage, so none has split.  I think I will wait until the dark of the moon to make the kraut, that will buy me a little time. 🙂  Who made that list anyway?

9 Comments leave one →
  1. December 3, 2008 7:07 am

    You are SUCH an inspiration to me! Although, I am through with my canning, here you are just finishing up.

    I have a theory that if I can’t get to it the chickens will! (smile) When we raised pigs the chickens had to wait until the pigs went to market. They just grew soooo fast they had to have all the scraps. Besides the pigs couldn’t get out to forage and the chickens got to.


  2. December 3, 2008 7:33 am

    All the winter veggies look nice! I’m starting to miss greens already and we’ve only had 3 weeks of snow here (although it’s been super early this year, we’re having Jan weather in Nov).

    Great idea for deer proofing. I need to do that, the deer decimated my strawberry plants after the first snowfall.

  3. December 3, 2008 2:12 pm

    I’m sorry Della didn’t settle…I have two open heifers that I’ve tried AI several times and neither of them settled again. It’s so frustrating. There’s a gentleman with a Hereford bull that I can lease for a reasonable price for a couple of months. Guess that’s my next option – I hate to give up on either of them and beef them but I’m not going to keep feeding them for nothing either 😦

    Good luck with Della…….

    Your greens look absolutely deliceous!

  4. December 3, 2008 10:50 pm

    Linda, thank you, aren’t chickens and pigs great garbage disposals??

    Susy, I’m glad we haven’t had snow yet. I’m glad for every warm day.

    The deer ate all our strawberry plants this year. I have to replant next year closer to the house. They especially liked the ripe strawberries. 😦 We got some, but not near what we wanted.

    Debi, I really dislike not having a bull. But, we have so few cows now, it is easier and cheaper to rent a bull, than it is to feed one for an entire year. My quest for a purebred replacement for Della has got me in this AI mess. The first Guernsey was a bull, and Jetta was next. Unfortunately she didn’t have the manners of her brother – he was a peach. A couple of missed cycles and now Della is calving later in the year than I would like. She seems to take better, earlier in the heat than conventional AI wisdom. He used two straws this time, so I’m hoping she took. You might be surprised how quick your heifers breed with a bull, nature works so much better.

  5. December 4, 2008 7:18 am

    I just love your site! We name everything around here too. The Outdoor Wood Fired Oven is named Hestia, after the Greek Goddess of the Hearth. The Wood Cook Top after Demeter, the Greek Goddess of Grain/Harvest and the younger sister of Hestia. Even our little red water pump has a good name. So – go on and name everything! Thanks for the great site and inspiration.

  6. December 4, 2008 2:31 pm

    But…what are the greenhouse names???

    We name every thing here: The Dawg Bowl, Glad’s Point, The Looking Rock, the Lounging Rocks, Lakota Lookout, and it makes directions so easy. One thing that will not keep it’s joke name is the huge still empty hole in the Dawg Bowl; the pond will not sport the moniker the Dog Dish.

  7. December 4, 2008 3:11 pm

    Meanwhile, thanks and love your names too. It’s bad around here, naming trucks, and the best is all the calves named Mabel and Sylvia after their mothers – even the boys 🙂

    Titus, 1 and 2 of course, just so we could tell them apart from 3! We’ve got others too like “Where the field sticks out” and “Down Below” and “Spar Tree,” as you can see we are easily amused. Your names sound much more interesting!

  8. December 4, 2008 10:27 pm

    The poor ole ’54 F-100 didn’t stand a chance – Sanford. But we love him and he really is a performer! Got a wicked foxx-y sense of humor too.

    I can see a “naming” post on my blog in the making. We tried to re-name Switchback pasture to something clever like Horseshoe, but it wouldn’t stick. We might add “Old” to it because when the government guys came out to see if we would qualify for an irrigation grant, they complimented that pasture, “very well established” they said. Hell, we’d just brush hogged down the sage and scatted some seed the autumn before and it looks better than all the ones we have labored on! Old Switchback just had a mighty fine snowload melting on it this spring.

    There is a spot on our road called the Magnet. Every vehicle ’round these parts has been sucked off the road there, so I think we won’t build any shelters or fencing in that location! Though, perhaps a First Aid Station and a call button up to the main house, no cell reception down there in the drainage.

  9. December 6, 2008 8:47 pm

    Titus, that’s probably a good idea about not renaming the Magnet spot. It kinda of sounds like the corner on the county road that we view from the kitchen table. During the icy weather we see lots of mishaps. You better leave Switchback alone too, since it passed with flying colors.

    I don’t think I better ask what color Sanford is… 🙂

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