Are you with us on this? While some may enjoy being able to be outdoors more, not having to burn so much firewood or run their heaters this just isn’t what December is supposed to be like in the Northern Hemisphere.
It is what we wanted August to be like, however.
Yet, here we are in Toomsuba, MS, with highs that were in the upper 70’s this week.
And what do you do with it? The cold must come at some point, so trying to grow anything outside of a greenhouse is risky.
Most plants have shed their leaves and the summer grasses have died back, so forage is in short supply for animals.
Bees are buzzing but no nectar is flowing.
And snowmen come in buckets, awaiting the cold.
Now, I might shrug my shoulders at this. After all, we are in the Deep South in hardiness zone 8. Sometimes cold just doesn’t come this early.
However, I’m hearing it is like this in Maine as well… MAINE! My goodness.
So – leave me a note below: What are you doing with this unseasonably hot weather? Is it a nicety or a burden?
We have had a few frosts. Our first frost was roughly a week past the average first frost. Not too shabby. It was just enough of a frost to kill off our Malabar Spinach, Grapes and Snow Peas. However our Lettuces and Carrots are still holding on.
One part of our property is in the midst of being transformed into our new Apiary. It was planted back in September with a perennial white clover – and it is thriving.
I can’t help but be slightly concerned that the clover with flower before the next frost and kill off the harvest that is just waiting to happen in this field.
The lack of cold has also put a damper on hunting. We have seen a coyote on the property that will have to be dealt with, but we’ve also seen a young-looking buck that should be a nice harvest in a year or so. We’ve also seen a few doe on the trail camera – so perhaps if the weather will cool off before the hunting season is over we can still get a deer or two put up.
While the meat would be nice to have, we are mostly concerned with the coyote. We still have about 80 ducks still waiting to be butchered – not to mention to chickens, pigs, goats and horse that are all vulnerable. We’ll be sure to put it to use, but it cannot be allowed to run free.
Wherever you are we hope you are enjoying your holiday season – even if it isn’t typical weather.
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