This is an odd one. I was wandering by the Vila paddock this morning and I noticed that it was greener than expected. What weeds were growing over the winter while the alfalfa/lucerne was sleeping? Maybe the orchard grass/cocksfoot/dactyle had started early?
Well, no. That’s alfalfa growing in January. Elsewhere on the farm it is hibernating with the bears, but in Vila it is growing away. Vila is south-facing and maybe that extra heat in the soil makes all the difference.
I was expecting the alfalfa to show up in April. Maybe we’ll get a February cold snap to kill all this back, maybe it will keep on growing through winter. It has survived a handful of frosts already.
It has been a mild winter so far.