Each month on the farm has its own character and feel. After a few years, you start to feel the cycle turn. Every year is different, but much remains similar year after year. As the weather changes so do our tasks and workload. As our crops are planted, tended, and harvested, the population of staff and visitors on the farm ebbs and flows. I enjoy each month as it comes, and anticipate the events of the next.
This is my final monthly review of the farm for 2014, combining the months of November and December. November starts out with a hard push to get the fields ready for winter before the rains render the fields too wet to enter with the tractors.
After a couple of weeks the workload slows down considerably, and I switch modes to winter maintenance and planning and preparing for the next farm year.
I have been searching for an interesting installation for the center of our Lavender Labyrinth. When I saw some photos of spiral gardens I knew that a raised spiral herb garden would be just the right addition to our labyrinth.
The Spiral Garden invites exploration. It looks different from every angle. The garden bed ramps up, so many of the plants are raised off the ground and are easier to see and tend.
I chose just ten highlights to discuss from the many stories of 2013 at Dr. Maze’s Farm. Since I have combined them all into one post, the post is very long. They are listed in alphabetical order. Read on to learn about the Giant Chair, naked seed pumpkins, distillations, our labyrinth, the big Goat Walk field maze, and more.