The barn looks a little colder with a winter blanket.
It’s been a long time coming – but Old Man Winter finally arrived at the farm this past week. Although not amounting to more than a few inches of snow and some howling wind , the farm finally saw some colder and more seasonable winter-like conditions. The winter of 2011-12 was unusually mild and warm here in Ohio. In fact, we went the entire season with less snow than what fell this past week! So, we thought it would be a good time to share some pictures from the farm with it’s new winter-time look. Here is the farm in pictures for December:
The barn pergola with its snow covered tops
The wood pile is covered in snow…good thing we have plenty stored dry for emergencies!
The coop is all closed up, and the windows are covered for the winter. The chickens want no part of the snow!
The upper pergola and patio. We leave all of our ornamental grasses up through the winter for protection for birds and wildlife…plus they add some texture to the winter landscape.
It a little too cold to sit on the benches in front of the barn
The barn doors leading inside from the barn pergola patio.
The outdoor kitchen looks bare with everything removed and protected for winter.
The fence row in front of the garden
Ol Betsy the farm truck looks a little cold with her blanket of snow..she won’t be going anywhere for awhile.
A little hard to read the old barn window address sign in the winter snow
The silo project will have to wait for better weather to be finished. Without any anchors yet – it’s no match for the wind – so it will stay in it’s side until it can be finished and erected.
You can barely make out the raised row beds through the snow. A cover crop of thick winter rye protects the soil from the winter winds.
We still use the compost bins through the winter – adding coffee grounds and kitchen scraps to the pile.
The farm from the top of the hill