Blogger Ruralrose said...
wow you live in a church yard how quaint can you get? - love the plan, pursue the hoop house you will love how much more food you can get by extending the season on both ends (also doubles for a warm spot for poulets).
We can count on snow here from December to May, there is only one road in, and you have to cross by ferry to get here so sometimes food is a little scarce. This year I have put up tarragon butter, basil pesto, 3 types of hot chutneys, tomalio salsa, tziki dip, beans, pears, peaches, tomato sauce, grape juice, set wine, peaches, rubarb, many types of berries, apricots, parsley, wild mushrooms, 10 pounds of pickled hot peppers, plum sauce, now apples, raisins and concord juice, dry thyme, rosemary, sage, oregano - I am sure to be missing something in words, but I don't miss it if it grows in my yard. It is worth all the work as all winter all the prep work is done for my vegetables, especially come February.
Tonight my table is covered with pork bellies and legs to smoke in the smoker for the next week. pigs will eat chickens, after a week of losses we watched one evening while one pig pushed a pile of grain to the fence edge, the other pig made sweet noises alerting the chickens free in the yard. The chicken went for the ploy like the roadrunner for the coyote, unfortunately he could not run as fast and when he got away from one pig's bite he ran into the other's - it was over very quickly. We were so surprised since they had been together since the pigs were very young. But that's animals for you, so make sure you have a barrier fence between them. Well I do run on, peace for all