winter

This series of photos = joy

A photographic following of dogs running in the snow. Simply put…dogs + snow = joy!

Wait for me!

Wait for me!

I'm coming...

I’m coming…

Giving chase

Giving chase

Run!

Run!

Advantage = longer legs

Advantage = longer legs

Determined

Determined

Deer tracks

Deer tracks

Finally, sweater free!

Finally, sweater free!

King of the Point

King of the Point

Break time

Break time

More dog pictures than you ever wanted…but there is something about watching dogs run with glee that makes one feel happy (and feel good about the season’s first real snow).

Snow days

Well, it turns out we had a fair piece of snow in Blacksburg – around 20″ or so. I am sure the farm had a similar total (hoping to dig out from here and check out the farm tomorrow). All in all. I’m glad that I took the row covers down and put things away.

So, here are some photos from our snow days in town, some I posted on Facebook.

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This photo was of the small hoop house we put up in the backyard with a bit of snow weight in the middle.

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Here it is after some careful snow removal. Jordan had a good point – luckily, we made this house with PVC so it sprang right back to its original form. Not sure metal ribs would’ve done the same.

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The Tanner Wonder Dogs enjoyed the white stuff.

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Today was beautiful. So, with a mild case of cabin fever, we moved our operation outside…to tackle this:

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Shell in’ some beans for these beauties:

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Cowpeas…aka Southern peas, or black-eye peas. Whatever you want to call them, you best include delicious in the descriptions. These are Dixie Lee peas.

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Aaa. My helper.

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Helping…

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See? Huge help.

Tomorrow (or Sunday), we’ll see what the farm looks like, blaze some trails, and do some sledding. Fun!

Severe weather event – or some such

So the local meteorologists are all hot and bothered, preening and beaming with self-importance over a named winter storm, heading in a northeasterly direction (Pax – a pax on you) with the offerings of a “significant weather event.” Hmmm. I’ve read forecasts if snow ranging from 1″ to greater than 16″! Guess time will tell.

In the meantime, I chose to prepare for significance and spent several hours at the farm yesterday taking down / putting away equipment before the impending crush. All I know is that 4-6″ of wet snow crushed several row cover support rods last year. Destruction costs money. Sixteen inches of wet snow sounded expensive…..

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Deconstruction work

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The garden readied for snow

Yes. A strange thing to be prepping for a significant weather event on such a pretty day!

I should also note that I had to do this work because I was sort of lazy….meaning I should’ve taken this equipment down weeks ago. This quarter of the garden where we were overwintering fall plantings got slammed by the subzero temps. The Red Russian and curly kales may recover, but they won’t be marketable. Same for the Sylvette and Dragon’s tongue arugulas. The Brussels Sprouts (Red Ball & Catskills) have done OK – we’ve been harvesting for personal eats. The remaining sprouts should be fine uncovered and under snow (they’ve been delicious by the way). What remains under cover (just laying flat on the plants) are spinach and lettuce varieties still holding on and our fall planted garlic (only the very tips of the leaves look nipped). Here’s hoping the snow insulates!

As a side note – I will be too busy for bread and milk if we see the amount of snow some are predicting? Are you kidding? It will be beautiful!!! And time to play. Bring it on Pax. (Just keep it safe everyone)