Today we are getting a bit of real snow! We were expecting it, but when I woke up this morning there was only a skiff of snow. I was not a happy woman! Then around 12:30 or so it began to snow more seriously and as I’m looking out my studio window now there are actually some ruts in the road where the snow has accumulated. That’s a first in a long time. Now if it will just keep this up all of today and through the night till morning, perhaps it will add up to something that really soaks in and hydrates the earth. I’m hopng that Pike’s Peak (our watershed) is getting about 2 feet of this great white stuff!
This morning as I was making the rounds through each greenhouse to check on watering needs and make sure heaters were working properly, I noticed that the raspberries are beginning to leaf out just a little bit. Pretty fun! The currants are also sprouting leaves. I’m sure the grapes will start thinking
about it before long. The strawberries are looking really good too. With snow on the ground it is not easy to remember that soon it will be time to plant. Actually, in just about 2 weeks it will be time to plant all manner of delicious foods…pototoes, onions, kales and spinach, root veggies like carrots, beets, turnips, plus any manner of other cool season greens. Cabbages and peas too. Oh my, that’s practically a whole vegetable garden of things!
Lizz has been getting things prepared for our new beeyard. She finished out the hives, and this week she and Chris picked up the beeyard electric fence. The fence is stacked, for the moment, in our supply barn until they get time to build it in it’s permanent home near the seed crop production field. The hives are sitting in the seed room, which at the moment is the label inventory room because there is no where else for the label racks to go with greenhouses filling up with plants before our eyes.
I finished what I hope will be the last edits on my Wildlife-Friendly Vegetable Gardener book. It is now back in the hands of my editor, and hopefully on it’s way very soon to the design folks at Storey Publishing. If all goes as planned, it is due for release the second week of December 2013.
Which reminds me, I will be writing a weekly column for our local newspaper, The Daily Record, starting Wednesday, March 6th. If you get the Daily Record, keep your eyes open for that and I hope you will enjoy it.
All for now. Cheers!