We've had temps as low as 8? F here ... I was out by the garden today
bringing in some firewood , and noticed the bok choi , spinach , and lettuce
all still have green leaves - as do the strawberries . Everything else is
deader'n hail , but those four really surprised me .
I've been involved in a discussion on chisel plow/cultivators in another
group - if I build something there will be more space under cultivation next
year ... buying this little yard/garden tractor is altering my life - for
the better if you ask my back ! That wood I brought in today was dragged on
a "sled" by the tractor instead of hauled in the wheelbarrow or on the
furniture dolly .
the strawberries here survive fine without much
bother in most places. i lightly mulch some of
them that are more exposed to the wind and cold
but i don't think it makes that much difference
in the end because the surrounding plants will
gladly take over any space vacated by a few of
the weaker brethren.
i don't know what the lowest temps have been
yet, but we are getting some snow. luckily not
as much as the folks along the shorelines of
the lakes. those folks in NY state are getting
See, you're already in the "homesteader" mode Terry. When I was in my
twenties I used to farm nearly ten acres plus a full time job and run a
side business to boot.
Had cow and calf, pigs, chickens, rabbits, goats, etc. Now I live on a
6500 square foot lot with a large house on it and have three raised bed
gardens totaling 32 running foot and a lot of "stuff" planted along the
board fence. Much easier to care for, less stress on a 75-year old body,
and gives me more time to nap with the dawg and play with the great
It got down to about 32F the other night and then warmed up again. There
is a microclimate here in Houston, TX area, mostly caused by nearly six
million people living here. Sometimes I wish I was still on my old ten
acre place in the countryside, just for the peace and quiet.
I TOLD my wife I was born a hundred fifty years too late ... or early .
We're not getting into hooved livestock - yet - but might one day . The
peace and quiet is one thing we like here , when we hear a gunshot we figger
Bubba shot a deer , not that Demetriolarius shot his girl friend Lakatricia
That's one of the joys of living outside a city or town. I had my gun
shop on a side road along one side of the ten acres. Used to sight in
weapons on an old dead tree exactly one hundred yards from the shop. Had
a rest built into a window. Worked for years until someone decided to
buy the woods downrange and open a nursery. Had to drive five miles to
the club range then. Was nothing to hear gun shots both day and night
out in the wilderness. At night we figured it was raccoon hunters,
daytime it was squirrels or deer. Days of glory back then, working two
jobs and then farming and ranching. Thank goodness for a couple of good
kids and a lovely wife, none of whom thought work was below them. Still
good kids in their early fifties and hard workers and still a lovely,
hard working wife.
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