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This winter in southern British Columbia has been mild and very wet.
Some rainfall records have been broken. Here at Alder Creek Farm we are
open to the east and when a "south easter" blows up the harbour we get
it right in the teeth. Sometimes the power goes out and we enjoy an
oldtime evening with kerosene lanterns around the wood stove.
We spend the winter evenings looking at seed catalogues and planning the garden for next year.
Our winter and early spring projects include pruning the
fruit trees, installing deer fencing, and starting vegetable
and flower seeds for the summer gardens. Our strawberry plants
have been ordered, and we are preparing their beds. The ravens
have been calling, and the eagles are very active right now.
Our neighbor has had 22 lambs born, and we can feel longer days coming. Alder Creek Farm has a herd of 14
deer whose ancestors decided years ago to make their home
on this acreage. We delight in their beauty, grace, tameness
and gentleness – but we match their strong desire for
our flowers and vegetables with diligent attention to protective
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