It happened. The first frost - granted it was extremely light and I don't think there will be any real damage but... its here.
Last nite I covered the last of the basil and also took up the last of the green tomatoes. We also put another heat lamp in for the meats so they wouldn't be cold. Normally I'd be mad at the first frost but I have to tell you, this year I'm OK with it. I'm tired and need to turn my attention to other things. The garden is mostly tucked in but I still need to pull up, clean off, and till under a few areas. But other than that I need to use this time between gardening and hog slaughtering to get a few construction projects done.
Last year we built the duck garage, this year I need to put a decent foundation of gravel in the goose house and frame in an actual door and 4th wall. We kinda hillbillied something up last year that worked just fine. Their house used to be a 3 walled shed for firewood. But its perfect for our flock of honkers.
We have the geese next to the turkeys on purpose. OD and his crew are great night watchmen and if there are any shenanigans out there they will alert us. They will also alert us if a leaf blows by, or if another goose is in their spot, or if someone has a feather out of place, or if the feather blows by, or.. well you get the picture.
Anyway. The first frost also means something else...it means that I get some extra sleep. No sense in running right out there until it warms up a little. In the winter we don't let the flocks out until after the sun clears the treeline. I keep dreaming of that magical day when I really get to sleep in. But Little Mo and the Insane Cat Posse usually get me up early enough.
Say - how about a round of applause for Bethanial11!? Did you see over on Thy Hand Provided that she won a major award!?! Great work, baby! And if someone would tell Thy Hand how much I appreciate her? For whatever reason I can't leave comments on her site. But wow! I think she is the tops. I found her over on Mr. H's superb site. He's my hero - I'll never be that organized and I can only hope to be that productive.
Happy First Frost everyone! Now hurry -- back to bed.. no sense getting out there just to freeze!