Monday, December 3, 2012
Getting a Jump on Spring
Of course reality is somewhat different. While the occasional warm day in the middle of Winter around here is not unheard of, I remember one New Years eve a few years back running around in shorts and t-shirt all day and most of the night, a stretch of more than a week is pretty rare at the least. Being Summer-like warm and bone dry is a condition I never remember having in December before but it opens up some possibilities.
For one the ground is perfect for tilling and other conditioning work. For another I can get the truck down to the loafing shed in the pasture and there is some wonderfully decayed manure in there that previously I normally couldn't get to easily. Since I am putting off the rest of the junk clearing until colder weather creeps back over I also am planning some wood chip runs this week. All of which I need an empty truck for so my non-stacking plans have been dashed this week.
Other bad side effects of this heat wave? For one the working girls are bored and robbing each other. It wouldn't surprise me to lose another hive if this keeps up. I noticed Jamestown, my largest and oldest colony, raiding my new nuc yesterday. I put the robber screen up but not sure if I caught the attack in time or not. The other downside is that the weeds and grass keeps growing. If things don't cool off soon I maybe out mowing in December. Something else I have never had to do before.
The forecast is predicting slightly cooler temps the rest of this week. Highs only in the mere 60's and lows in the 40's so still too warm for brush busting or 30 year old storage junk removal but I hope to have all the raised beds in and a new layer of wood chips completed by Friday.
Come April I will be glad for this little jump start that's for sure.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!