Saturday, November 30, 2013
The End of November
It hit the 60's today and the girls were out stretching their wings, bringing out their dead and generally enjoying a day of flight.
So far one month into the cold period all hives are still alive. It was warm enough to check and see if there was still sugar left in the extra deep top covers I am using this Winter but I didn't bother yet. All the hives seem to be really enjoying their upper entrances as well. The forecast is calling for mild and warmer temps for the next three or four days so I am going to wait until Tuesday or Wednesday to feed em again if they need it.
I briefly contemplated cutting wood today but with no partner available I decided to clean out the barn some more. There is a stall space that is kinda tight to get into that never gets used and had some old rotting wood and empty feed sacks in it. Not to mention a huge pile of 50 year old manure. So I began cleaning this area out. I can store some of my small engine equipment in there for Winter and build a nice little barn cat living room for Mrs. PP and her ever growing herd. She has decided the barn cats each need their own house for Winter and this area will be good because it is nestled in the middle of the barn so should be warmer. She also has a collection of cages, carriers and other useless animal care contraptions we can store in there. Once I get all the old manure removed I will put down a thick layer of wood chips to cover the dirt floor and design some kitty sleeping boxes.
I have no clue what she is going to line them with since she has already sacrificed all my towels and t-shirts she didn't like.
Four loads of ancient dry manure and hay got dumped into the garden and another load of straight manure went into the strawberry bed that was destroyed by the moles. Before I was finished the Mrs. was already out in the raised beds ooogling the plantless dirt with jealous coveting eyes. I could see the little wheels turning with dreams of useless flowers and bulbs dancing in her head. I reminded her that this bed was going to be replanted with new Strawberries come Spring and to stay out of it.
She won't listen but I will pull up anything she puts in there that are not strawberries. Believe me I have done it before. I have three beds out of twelve that I claim, two for Strawberries and one for Asparagus and I have to guard them like a junk yard dog to keep her from contaminating them. She has nine beds and I have offered to make her more.
After that I took a stroll around the place and located some more fallen limbs to cut up. I also checked the ground for obstructions and stuff in the hopes I can get a late Fall brush hog run around the pasture this week. The underbrush is finally dried out and dead enough to actually see whats hidden in there and the horses are content to stay in the hay field so this would be a good time to get it done.
If I had some hip wader mud boots it would be a good time to dig out the farm pond as well but that will have to wait. The truth is I don't think I will ever be done with all the grooming and work to do around here.
One step at a time is all I can do.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!