Thursday, February 7, 2013

February On The Farm

"There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind."

-C.S. Lewis

Now that we are past all the hustle bustle of the 6 day permaculture intensive, it has been pretty quiet around here.  There are still a few greens growing in the garden.  The garlic is up in different stages and varieties.

We are enjoying the sweetness of snap peas straight from the pod.  (They rarely make it into the house.)  

Long beds made on contour flow across the hillside.  Some are mulched with straw, some with sheep wool.  The seedlings in the mini-green house are not quit ready for transplanting and the nights are still a bit too cold.  We are itching to get busy in the garden, but for a few more weeks the beds sleep, waiting to be planted.  

Giant colorful mustards draw attention with their spicy purple leaves perfect for salads and stirfrys.

Everywhere the favas are beginning to flower.  The green leaves have a mild, delicious flavor reminiscent of pea shoots.  

The broccoli has been showing itself in almost every meal from breakfast eggs to dinner quiche.  It seems the hens have decided to lay again so more eggs for us!

We have some new residents who are still nameless to date.  Two breeding does that came from a friend, one New Zealand and one Californian.  I am on the lookout for a nice big boy for these gorditas.  

Maydaisy and Hazel have been taking weekend field trips around the neighborhood to grub on the neighbors overgrown backyards.  Everyone definitely gets a kick out of seeing them walk down the street on their leashes.  What, you never saw a pet goat before?  Hmmm.  

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