Above, you see us hard at work on the process. Manure has been spread over the first layer of mulch, and we're starting to apply the final mulch layer. We finished the last bed on Saturday afternoon, as a cold, light rain began to fall, and headed indoors. The rain became snow as our first winter storm of the season swept through, and we woke up to this:
We didn't have to get this done before a light snow, but it makes a good benchmark for seasonal progress. Also, the moisture this storm leaves (along with Wednesday's expected follower) would make it harder to haul mulch and manure to the field, and I prefer not to compact my soil and leave tire ruts from driving in wet conditions. So now the field is set until spring, and we can focus our energies elsewhere.
Happy first snow!