I suspect nearly everyone who lives in the Upper Midwest is getting a bit tired of Winter by this point in time. In fact, it is pretty normal for people to be getting a bit grumpy about Winter weather by the time we get to the end of February. And, I suppose I succumb to the 'sickness' by posting about it here as well. However, I've had subset of people wonder what we need to do on the farm in this sort of weather. We've also had a few people ask how this might impact our growing season. So... here we go.
Tammy did cook up some squash recently. That means the birds get the treat of seeds, skin and the rest of the leavings. This makes them happy, but only for a very brief period of time until it's all gone. We find that we have to deal with rotating waterers when it gets this cold because the base heaters just can't keep up. We also have to check eggs frequently or we end up with eggs that freeze and split. We've mentioned this before - but did you know that a fully frozen egg will not break if you throw it against a cement block wall? Nope, won't even chip it. But, it will take a divot out of the wall. In short, we're glad we only have the laying flock (plus a few other chickens) at this time. Everything we do for the birds takes longer and things tend to break or fail to work the way we're used to them working when it gets cold.
|Looks like we're around 89% at the farm. With the forecast being what it is...|
We're both getting a little tired of doors that don't want to close and latch properly. These doors work fine in most conditions. But, this Winter? No, don't think so. I think I have become better acquainted with the ice chopper than I have any other year on the farm. But, the real winner this past weak was what we had to do in order to get a new order of feed for the chickens. Normally, the timing is good to pick up sometime in late February. There are usually a couple of days of thaw (or less than frigid temps). But, when we got them, we were preparing for a blizzard. Once again, everything took two or three times the effort to complete the task. But, it got done and the birds are taken care of for a while.
Of course, the house needs to get in on this. The shower freezes up (drain and supply) most nights and we need to thaw them every morning if we want a shower. At least we have the option of doing this. The dishwasher also seems to want to freeze up every so often. We weren't the ones that chose the outer walls for the location of each. But, I can tell you two things that would change if we won the lottery!
|Will we be able to put up a high tunnel in April|
|When will the lettuce start?|
You might think that with all of this, we'd be anxious for Spring. That might be true at one level. But, you need to remember that for Rob, at least, Spring means the beginning of the busy season. For those who teach, it is fair to equate the end of February with mid-August. Still some time to have flexible scheduling. But, that will soon go away. Even so, I don't believe I'm adverse to removing the negative sign from the temperatures we've been getting.
|Think warm thoughts|