Spring Hill Farm

  (Ruther Glen, Virginia)
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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!


Fall 2011

After a very fruitful fall, this year's CSA is done. This is the first summer and fall where we had so much rain.  Some crops fared better than others and some old faithful didn't do well because it was too wet. So it will be interesting to see what next season holds for us.  I think between all of the tropical storms, earthquakes and aftershocks, our pond did't like it and gave up.  We lost a great deal of water.  I'm not sure what that will mean in the future, especially when we have to depend on it for water. I guess we have a few months to see what we can do. 

Now that the frost has come, the leaves are falling off the trees and Thanksgiving is around the corner.  I have already made some fresh Christmas wreaths for a customer who won my wreath in our school auction. I love making them, but it is hard to gather the tips on school days. Basketball makes it quite difficult. But it is not unheard of for me to be outside in the dark with the headlights of the truck or tractor lighting my way. As I have been checking the evergreens, there are a LOT of berries, which makes me wonder if this will be a winter with lots of inclimate weather...stay tuned!


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