The caterpillars (woolly worms) are not real dark and are not all going from North to South. Squirrels are not carrying their stash up in the trees but burying the nuts in the ground. Our Pigmy goats are not growing a lot of fine body hair for warmth. All signs of a milder winter. Boy I hope I am right.
Welcome to the fourm, same here with the animals, I hope your right too.
What are they saying, trowel?
Mixed winter, mostly very cold but nothing like last winter, fair amount of snow, at least for New England it seems.
Regardless, mother nature as of late, been a bit wacky.
Edit : I read you are entrapped by an orchard, one helpful hint, fruit trees are more hardy then most trees, sugar maple that is ritually harvested is the same in many ways, in order to survive the trees must cycle very fast and work very hard, pruning and picking forces the tree to work faster and harder, it needs to hibernate (rest) so it knows when the ground will freeze, in other words suddenly all the leaves will drop all at once within two weeks for all fruit trees, different from the fruit itself, some early, other later.
Edited by trowel, October 28, 2014 - 06:28 PM.