Spring Hill Farm

  (Ruther Glen, Virginia)
Tales from the Back 40
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Fall/Winter 2012

Despite a minor drought and more insects this year, it wasn't the worse year we've had, but we took a loss on the tomatoes, garlic, strawberries and edamame...which I was not expecting. I'm pretty sure the garlic and strawberries were drought related. The tomatoes got blighted out. I'm not sure about the soybeans...they did so well...and tasted so good last year.

Many of my CSA customers signed up again and I have several new customers, so I am full for the 2013 season. We will be at the Ladysmith Farmers Market next summer and have our stand open as soon as we have some surplus that does not have to refrigerated!

We are making Christmas wreaths right now, or I should say I am making Christmas wreaths right now. The only assistance I got last weekend was the dog making sure I wouldn't be mauled by a black bear or bobcat.  Last spring my next door neighbor took down (with permission from  games and inland fishery) a 7ft. 9, 500 lb. bear! Before Thanksgiving in addtion to 2 deer, the hunters also shot a bobcat in our woods! The guys were able to fix the dam on our pond, so we are able to drive across it again, which is a big help for traveling in the woods for greenery...that will cut 10 minutes off my traveling time.

I have some cedar and pine wreaths ready to go at our stand. I keep forgetting to put our sign out. I still have the pumpkins and hay up.  Maybe I'll get the Santa out this afternoon. Either way, it will look more like Christmas by Saturday afternoon. So stop on by and grab one or two for your front and back doors.

We need to pull up the tomato stakes and finish mowing down the fields for the winter. We planted some garlic a few weeks ago, but it wasn't enough. So I hope to a get a few more bulbs before it gets too cold to plant.

So once that is done and the last wreath is crimped, it will be time for a long winter's nap.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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