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The ducks have a new yard, my future tomato and bean garden. 12.22.17
The heavy snowfall has melted due to temperatures the last few days being above freezing at night and well above freezing in the day.
Time for me to start my cold weather plants in pots. I've given up putting the seeds directly in the garden. Something destroys most of them, so I give them a good start in pots first, then they usually do well in the garden.
Joan, good luck with the new pacemaker! I hope it lasts for several more presidents, not just one.
For the most part, it's been a snow-free winter here. Snow plow guys have been complaining, since it's a good source of extra income.
I may have to consider tossing in a few cold tolerant seeds into the garden myself. First, I have to clean it up from last year.
Did I mention I harvested over 600 almonds, about half of which were any good? It's a chore removing the hulls and hammering the actual seed to get to the almond. After all that work, I almost hate eating them. I want them to last!
It seems spring is coming into your neighborhoods if the discussion about acid and alkaline soils, seeds, and pee for the garden are the topics of discussion.
We are still under 2 feet of snow in the meadow outside my bedroom window, the plow has piled up 4 to 12 feet of snow, depending on where the plow has been, The high today was 32° F and the present temperature is 17°. We expect 38° high for tomorrow.
We lost a roof to snow yesterday that damaged several of our farm machines. One was an old golf cart that we used to load up with tools to take into the forest when we are cutting out slash or downing trees. We also use it to go to the mailbox. It will be several days before we get it dug out and determine if it is still usable. The frame and roof are smashed. Hopefully the motor and seat part are salvageable.
We have a Kawasaki "Mule" in another shed and the whole family went out clearing snow off of roofs of the outbuildings. Even the dogs got in on the act. I stayed inside and kept the coffee, tea, and sandwiches flowing.
I have heart surgery tomorrow so the family is kind of protecting me from work! It is a simple procedure of recharging my pacemaker. I have good long service from my first one; 7 or 8 years, I forget. That one cost $45,000 from Medicare; I hope the new one will last until we get a new president and congress.
I've mentioned it before, but my garden soil is just the opposite of yours, Daniel. It's got a winter cover of pine needles. I never spread ashes on mine. I need to start saving urine again.
Randall, my dad did that too, but I don't think he was being crafty. I think he liked them. Besides butter and salt, he also used pepper, so that's how I eat them.
They do taste good fresh and crisp from the oven.
My dad taught us kids to remove the potatoe's peel, add butter and salt, and eat. He made it seem it was a special treat just to get us to eat the skin. Pretty crafty.
I'm getting pretty antsy to get out in the garden. It looks so bleak right now.
Joan, I feel the same as Daniel. I hope you're very careful on that ice.
Daniel, I read the article you pointed to and Wikipedia on the subject, and don't understand it either. But it is amazing how plants do it.
We have had a slow rising and falling around the freeze temperature. Today, another snow storm and we expect another foot, followed by rain. Miserable weather; the snow blower has been going much of the day with my great-grandsons doing the honors. I haven't heard the sounds of snow mobiles; too busy doing chores, I suspect.
I hoped to walk down to the chicken coop with some kitchen scraps this afternoon; Laura warned against it since the road is pure ice with a layer of fresh snow over the top.
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