On the Farm by Glen Ells: Arthur meant return to the old days

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That Arthur was a frisky one! Fields looked pretty bad after he passed by. I’ve never seen what a wind that kept changing direction could do to young plants before.

It seemed to affect plants in my garden differently. For example, only one cabbage plant got totaled while all but one of my cauliflower got twisted off at ground level. The tomatoes, potatoes and beans were bent over badly but have fully recovered now, or so it seems. Experts tell me that there could be surprises later on.

Some cornfields looked bad last Sunday, but today, they are back to normal. There was minimal damage in the vineyard but we only have first- and second-year plants and no producing vines to worry about until next year. The little hop yard took a bit of a beating. The winds were getting heavy on the twine strings we had put out for them to climb on. When the wind was whipping them around, it sawed the twine back and forth on the cable string between 18-foot posts. Twenty of the 50 strings broke. It took us most of a day to get them reattached to the cable. We will rig the strings a little differently next year and that should keep the strong winds away.

The main question people asked each other since Arthur was, “Got your power back yet?” We lost ours around 8 a.m. Saturday and were reconnected five days later at 12:45 p.m. It was like going back to the old days as we cooked on the wood stove – talk about “heat in the kitchen.” In those times, we were served by a gravity water system that kept on working whether we had electricity or not. Carrying water was not a welcome new chore.

A kind neighbour loaned us a generator so we were able to keep the fridge and freezer operating after day three. Before that, the fridge got changed into an ice box and the freezer stayed shut. In the old days, we didn’t have a daughter-in-law with a hot shower working, so that problem was easier to solve this time.

I noticed a news item concerning the future of the former Sheffield Farm that has been declared surplus by the Kentville Research Station (or most likely by their Ottawa bosses). Apparently, the province and municipality have first and second options on the 80-odd acres of god land, which includes a large irrigation pond. It will be interesting to see how our county councillors handle this one now that the province has passed and a show of hands at council showed interest by everyone. Maybe we should be remembering all that has been said at council about “prime farmland.”

Organizations: Sheffield Farm, Kentville Research Station

Geographic location: Ottawa

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  • Marilyn Thorpe Pettinga
    July 13, 2014 - 15:02

    Nice article!