I am adding new product everyday and as the new garden produces and the greenhouse goes up our selection of herbs and herbal products will grow too. I'm very excited and just want to say thanks to everyone who has supported us thus far. Come on over and visit us.
The weather in November was really atrocious! Huge temperature swings, from below freezing in the morning to +20 C in the afternoon. This freeze thaw cycle was accompanied by some very heavy rain. We had three separate storms where the rain gauge had measured over 70mm of rain in a 24 hour period. I was considering fitting poor Ivan with water wings!
On the positive side, and you really do have to find a positive side, our efforts at slowing down and channeling the water have been put to the test! We have been mostly happy with the results, there is still too much water moving straight down the slope in one area but that is easily fixable when we put in the final part of the road next summer. The top two terraces of the new garden will need some crowning next spring but we knew that was going to happen. So all in all we are quite pleased. It is a vast improvement over last years rainy season.
Things have also been busy in the pig yard. Gary wanted to try breeding Wart via AI. she caught, and instead of going in the freezer in October she delivered a litter of 7/8th Berkshire piglets on the 30th. Gary is really pleased with her so far; the fact that she has 15 functioning teats has a lot to do with that. I think he is considering keeping her as a replacement for her mother. That would mean we would have to replace the boar as well (KW is Warts father), but that decision is at least a year off so we will see. I have been instructed to find some Duroc semen with which to breed Wart again in a couple of months. To be honest I think Gary is possibly considering working without a boar in a year or two, he has been struggling the last few months with the effects of his injury.
We are settling into the fall awaiting the inevitable winter, Miss Avril is bred, and we are hoping Sugar is too. We won't know for sure until the end of the month. I am hopeful she will carry to term this year as she has grown to almost the size of her mother in the past year. We have decided not to breed Fawn this fall, but will wait until next year. We will see how Pepper is next fall, at this point I don't really know if she will ever be able to be bred.
That is where we stand now, we are looking forward to the holidays and getting a little rest over the winter, the first seed catalog arrived yesterday so I'm not sure how much "rest" we will be getting. I will be updating this blog a couple of times a week through the winter as we plan and work in winter mode here at the homestead, make sure to follow our facebook pagewww.facebook.com/handforgedfarm hfherbs.com will be consuming most of the computer time this winter as we build the business side up, hey everybody has to make a living! There is also a facebook page www.facebook.com/hfherbs that will be updated almost daily. So enough to keep me fairly busy. Have a great day everyone!