WINTER STORAGE OF CARROTS-FROST TONIGHT-SIGHTS OF COLRAIN

17 09 2013

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CARROTS

This week I picked up 50 pounds of carrots.  I want to be sure that they don’t go bad so I stored them like I would if I had a root cellar.  You will need a trash can, I have plenty of plastic trash barrels with covers from storage of fleeces and one bag of shavings.  Start with a good 2 inches of shavings on the bottom them place carrots in not touching. Cover that layer with shavings and continue layering till you are about one inch from the top and put the final layer of shavings on.    Store in a cool place.  I am going to store this on my porch till a heavy frost comes.

FROST TONIGHT

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Today I covered the tomatoes in the back with a large piece of plastic and will leave it on, opening it during the day.  I am hoping that it will protect all those green tomatoes from tonight’s frost and make it like a little greenhouse , helping them to ripen.  I have covered the large plant near the front steps with a sheep and only have a few houseplants on the porch and they are covered.  I washed windows upstairs and closed them today, I won’t be opening them again.  I hope to finish the windows upstairs this week. I may not get this frost because I am sheltered by the mountain.  I did pick my comfrey and some sweet annie.

 

ANNIE’S GARDEN CENTER

Annie’s Garden Center has been in exsistance for many years owned by several owners over the years.  I love the store wonderful things that you just can’t find anywhere else.  I didn’t shop there a lot maybe several times a year, once in the summer and near Christmas.  They had wonderful plants and great ideas for Christmas.  They are closing, I got an e-mail last week.  They said that the business climate changed and they may open an online business.  It just won’t be the same.  The sights and smells of the shop were wonderful.  At Christmas they had strings of lights decorating an old truck.  I took many classes there learning how to care for plants and other things.  Goodbye Annie’s, thanks for all the wonderful memories

Both of my computers are acting up, they have been for weeks but I always managed to get the pictures in somehow, but tonight its not happening.  I will have the carrot pictures in at a later date.

 

Many thanks for reading my blog on this chilly night.  I hope tomorrow brings you a delightful day, Carole and Minnie





MARCH AGAINST MONSANTO-DYEING WOOL FOR CAMP WOOL

15 05 2013

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World-wide March Against Monsanto

On May 25th there is going to be a March against Monsanto.   Look for one in a town near you.   Many people think that its a  waste of time to March but in reality the message about Monsanto is finally getting out all over the world.  People have been unaware about what Monsanto really does.  Now we know what its making, and how its affects the world.  It needs to stop and the more people who know about them the better.    For more information google march against Monsanto.

The Dyeing Has Started

Yesterday I have started washing and dyeing the wool for Camp Wool.  It will take me at least a week to get it done and bagged. Today its going to rain so I will wash the white wool which I need to leave in lock formation.  I am so glad that I have the two white sheep, their wool is just right for this project.  One fleece is good for Santa’s beards and the other is good for dyeing.

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Frost

We did have a frost  last night with temps in the low 30’s.   They think it may be the last one of the year, because for at least a week ahead the temps at night will be in the mid 40’s.   I covered newly planted Sweet Annie and the Peach Tree and the Strawberry pallet.  It now has some blossoms on some of the plants.

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Computer Problems

When computers work well writing a blog is fairly easy but when something happens its a new ball game.  Last night I decided to add one of the benefits to AOL to my computer.  Everything went smoothly but at the end windows wasn’t working right and Crome wasn’t there.  I think I fixed some of it but today the picture part  doesn’t work.  So I am at my old computer again and grateful that it still works even though its slow.

I am leaving you this morning with a picture of Sammy on this cold morning.  Snuggled in a box of woolen material.  Hope you have a wonderful day and many thanks for reading my blog.                     Carole

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CHICKEN PUMPKINS-FROST-SAM

13 10 2012

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THE CHICKEN PUMPKINS

Reporting that the pumpkins for the chickens worked well.  They have eaten most of what is inside and are still at it.  This will be a good winter treat and it will last a while.  I have usually put a cabbage in each coop.  Chickens cooped up during the worst of winter get bored and this keeps them busy.  I made yogurt yesterday so this morning the chickens have their oatmeal.  It was a chilly morning and they enjoyed it.  They all seem to be moulting hence no eggs. funny time of year to do that, oh well.

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I just love geraniums in the wintertime, these are on the east side of the house and should do well there.

CHICKEN COOP

I put in a wooden air vent with the help of my son in the east coop and cleaned it our totally today.  If I have the chance tomorrow I will whitewash it.  I would like to get them back in the barn before the end of the month and at least have it ready in case we have an early snow.

THE PELLET STOVE

My son cleaned the pellet stove and its working well and the house is warming up and the cats are selecting their spaces near it.  The wood stove is cleaned and is ready for a cold day.  Almost 2 cords of wood are stored on the front porch.

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Sam is my oldest cat, he is 17.  He went through a couple of years with health problems but now we have him on the right medication and he is doing well.

Tonight I am going to start hooking some sunflowers to sell at the New York Show next weekend.

Many thanks for reading my blog, hope you are having a wonderful day.

Carole