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The ducks have a new yard, my future tomato and bean garden. 12.22.17
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.
I love potatoes, but for several years I've reduced the amount I eat because the low carb people had me worried about them. Recently however I've been eating more because I've read several articles saying they're good for you. For one thing, they have a good amount of fiber, even without the skin. And I eat the skin also.
The temperature here was a low of 40°F last night and 50°F for a high today. That's about 15°F higher than normal. The forecast is for temperatures almost that warm for the next 5 days.
It's a little breezy, so the ice & snow has been melting.
I've not yet did any garden work, but I did get outside & got some exercise, because I had to go to the garage to get some screws. I found the door solidly shut with ice, so had to spend an hour chopping ice. Also shoveled a path through the snow to get there.
I'm lucky to have a "fruit cellar" in my old farm house basement. It is brick lined and has its own door. It goes under the house porch. I store my homemade wine, potatoes, onions, and carrots there. They say not to store fruit, esp. apples with root crops, so that becomes problematic.
I have so many potatoes, I can't eat them fast enough. Besides, they're not particularly good for you (me). They also sprout right about this time of year. I have to remove sprouts before they take over the cellar!
Daniel, the pantry sounds like a plan. Good luck.
Daniel, I like the idea of a pantry. I could make one here in the basement fairly easily, if I ever get my other projects done.
You reminded me of the potato storage room my dad made in our house across town. We dug under our house and made several more rooms, including the potato storage room. He made a very thick door of wood to insulate it from the other rooms so they could be kept warm and the potato room cool.
Every year we filled it by digging potatoes from the ends of the rows that farmers missed with their machines, that is those that would let us. I don't know how my dad had the courage to ask them, as he was also shy. I suppose feeding his family was a good motivator.
I'm sort of a Delicata squash fan, myself. I just don't have much success with vine crops, including any melons. Hope your seeds succeed, Spud.
I'm envious of both you and Daniel with your abilities to remodel. I can do the bare minimum, but that's about all.
I've nearly stopped buying anything from Walmart, but a few years ago, I purchased some seeds there for 20¢ a package and had good results with them, so today I decided to try some more of those cheap seeds.
I bought 3 kinds of muskmelon seeds, a pack each of Yellow Summer Crookneck Squash, Butternut Squash, Beefsteak Tomato, Sweet Peppers, Bunching Onions, Kohlrabi, Chives, Coriander, and Parsley.
I would like to have your ambition Daniel, but I'm improving this year. I purchased a urinal and have been drilling holes for the water and drain lines. Takes time because the guy that built this house 75 years ago used heavy lumber, so the floors are thick and hard to drill through. Today, I went to town and purchased all the fixtures needed (I hope all) to plumb the urinal.
I would love to have 100 acres, but would not like to have to make a living from it.
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