January Hibernation

steam rising from compost

Happy New Year!

Now that the holiday mayhem has died down and the kids are back in school, Dan and I have been hunkered down by the wood stove, relishing the quiet while busily planning the months ahead. January is the one month of the year when we don’t have live plants to fuss over or commitments to the CSA, yet our minds are still very much on the farm. Years of experience have taught us that the more planning we do now, the better off we are in August, when our brains are fried and auto-pilot is all we can manage. So we’ve been happily finalizing the field plan, organizing the planting schedule, and ordering seeds and supplies.

But this January has also surprised us with a few bouts of mild weather, allowing Dan to make headway on various outdoor projects. He continues to stockpile horse manure and leaves, which we’ll use for compost and mulch, respectively. This year he also secured a truckload of seaweed from Amityville Beach, which he added to the compost. Plus, he’s laid a new foundation in anticipation of moving the storage unit where Donna keeps her eggs. The unit is actually an insulated, walk-in cooler, generously don