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Seasonal Overlap

January 22, 2015
January sunrise

January sunrise

We’re just starting the gap months where you see if what you planned garden and larder-wise last year is still panning out.  Seed catalogs have been arriving since November beckoning you to order with too many superlatives.  Meanwhile we just keep plugging away at what we started, grew and tended last year.

Roots aplenty for the house and the house cow.  Speaking of Miss Jane, today I missed a great felfie of Ms. Butterfield peering over the fence at us as we walked down the road.  She chased us along the entire length of the pasture, weaving in and out of the hedgerow to get a look at what we were doing.  I imagine she was thinking “the humans are out!”  Much in the same way we are when “the cows are out!”  To her way of thinking we should be on her side of the fence plying her with more hay I would imagine.  It was funny to see her cavorting and bucking.  She tried to rear and stomp a cat this morning, so whatever was in the air at milking time was still around hours later.  Two funny pictures etched in my mind now, an ungainly milk cow snorting and rising up to stomp a cat (who skittered away without so much as a care) and that of Jane running along the fence, bag a flopping.

Every day I walk the path near the garlic row, squinting and peering for some sign of green.

Today though, I couldn’t hold out one more minute.

I brushed the straw mulch aside to search for garlic sign.  Music to my eyes.  Lo and behold – we’ve got garlic folks!

And so it goes, spring is on it’s way.  Good thing too, we are almost out of cabbage.  Kale is looking quite wan, and sauerkraut is on the menu more days than not.


13 Comments leave one →
  1. January 22, 2015 4:26 pm

    Ours is up too! Spring is gettin close… seed orders are in.

  2. Carrie permalink
    January 23, 2015 3:46 am

    Your word-images of Jane remind me of some of those wonderful Gary Larson ‘cow’ cartoons.

    Must go and check on my garlic!

    • January 23, 2015 5:57 am

      Carrie, I think my favorite ones of those was “When cows ruled the earth.” They certainly rule here 😉

  3. January 23, 2015 6:04 am

    Our cows are feeling it too… The glimmer of SPRING!!! Our 11 year old momma cow, with calf #9 on board, was wildly running & bucking & playing chase with the youngsters the other morning… HYSTERICAL!!!!!

  4. January 23, 2015 12:18 pm

    I caved in and ordered all my seeds – man it’s so hard not to go overboard. 😊

    • January 23, 2015 12:59 pm

      Tell me about it, I painstakingly went through my stash before ordering. Big milestone for me!

  5. Bee permalink
    January 23, 2015 3:01 pm

    Spent part of my morning sorting out the new batch of seeds. I probably over-ordered, but I don’t have a feel for how much I can really fit in the big garden, since this will be the first year to plant there. Garlic is up about four inches, and green onions just starting to break the soil. I’m surprised at the garlic, because I got it in way late. It’s been so warm and dry I’ve been weeding and prepping bed in the kitchen garden.

  6. January 23, 2015 4:12 pm

    i am NOT getting my hopes up- we have 2 more months of winter- at least. But I will live vicariously through you and your pipping garlic. And continue to read and re-read all of your milk cow info.

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