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Early December Around The Farm

Martha Stewart
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The weather here in the Northeast continues to baffle. October brought us horrendous Hurricane Sandy followed by a heavy snowfall. It looked and felt a lot like winter, even though winter doesn’t officially begin until Dec. 21st, the day of the year when the sun is farthest south, also known as the Winter Solstice. And then today felt like springtime with temperatures around 60-degrees with tomorrow, more of the same!  My farm crew doesn’t mind this reprieve one bit as they ready the farm for when winter finally arrives.

In preparation for the winter storms ahead, we are securing vines to their supports and laying a protective layer of winter mulch to the perennial beds as we clear away the summer debris and add it to the compost pile. Recently planted trees are being staked to give them extra support during the storms, and branches of large trees that have grown too close to the power line and house are being carefully trimmed away. I’m also very happy to notice the birds have started to visit the birdfeeders.

As winter approaches, many areas and objects at the farm are being cozied up.


Threading a large-eye over-sized needle.


The burlap is folded, tucked and stitched together.


It was then hand-stitched along the top and sides.


In addition to protecting the shrubbery from frigid winds, the burlap also keeps heavy snow from accumulating on the branches, which can misshape and harm the shrubs.


To secure it to the bottom of the frame, the fabric was sandwiched between wooden strips and secured with screws.


The burlap was unrolled and draped over the bamboo.


Snow on the field of Christmas trees.


This border of weeping willows was aglow.


The vegetable greenhouse is growing well. There are assorted herbs, spinach, kale, carrots, and a variety of leaf lettuce.


The chickens are always happy when new food arrives.


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