It may seem early to be getting ready for winter.  In reality, we spend all spring and summer getting ready for the winter.  We grow vegetables for storage, bale hay for the cattle, bale straw for bedding and make improvements to help make winter easier.  This year, Jim put round bales up stairs in the barn.  Generally, we store the small square bales in the barn.  So, Jim and Jonathan, cut a large hole in the floor of the barn to push the round bales through as needed to feed the cattle.  This will be great because they will not need to blow snow from the barn yard and get out the loader tractor every day to move a round bale into the barn! I will let you know how that works out for us!

Getting ready for winter also includes fixing any loose boards on the barns, planting the greenhouses with winter lettuce, spinach, radishes and some claytonia.  The manure has to be spread on the fields to finsih rotting and to help fertilize next years crops.  If the rain stops long enough, we hope to get the garlic planted.  The corn stove in the first greenhouse needs to be cleaned out and preped for winter use.  There is always more to do then time available--so, I better get back to work!  

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Minesing, Ontario
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Thank you for the wonderful stay in your guesthouse.  We had a great time.  You have a beautiful farm and we really enjoyed the animals, especially the kittens.  We will make sure we tell all our friends about your great B&B!

Jack and Barb, Waterdown, ON