We have been so busy the past while that it has been impossible to get a blog thought up, written and posted. So much to do in the garden and we are so far behind where we would really like to be. We are seriously considering getting the tractor back in running order to help speed things up. The trouble with that is the tractor needs a bit of work to get running and, in it’s present position in the wood shed, much would have to be moved to get it out. But all that wood needs to be moved anyway. To do this will require time and likely quite a bit of it. We also need a loader tractor and were considering one that was on Kijiji but thought better of that idea when looking at how much money we could afford. The tractor that we have is a Cockshutt 30 built in Brantford in 1947 and is a good size, being small enough, mostly, for the garden, and large enough to pull light farm equipment including a small baler and even a 6 foot combine harvester, and, we could put a loader on it. We need a loader to make faster work of moving manure and compost and for moving large round bales of hay and straw. Let me know if, stowed in some far corner of your basement, you have a spare loader that will fit a “30”.
The vegetable garden is looking very good. We have had a lot of help from volunteers and especially from those having a working share in the CSA program. Without that help we would be even further behind and things would swallowed up be weed.
We have gotten adequate rainfall except for a short while when it was getting quite dry. We had to water newly seeded beds but most everything else was still alright and then it rained again. And again and more is coming. All this is good as we’d rather have a little more than enough rain than not quite enough. The next four days are forecast to be sunny, just under 30C, and therefore no rain.