We keep plugging away at things. This past week we were able to get a lot accomplished. The weather was good for us as we did have a bit of rain but plenty of dry weather too. If anything we did not get near enough rain though we’ll be alright if we get another 10 mm or more in the next few days. We really need an all day soaker with a total of at least 25 mm with near 50 being much better. But the vegetables are growing well as are all the things that veggie growers consider to be weeds … that is, of course, anything that is not a vegetable that we planted.
We have managed to get the potatoes well hoed and hilled and then on Saturday we held a working bee here with 9 of us spreading straw on the spuds. These are a late planting of potatoes and the straw mulch laid thick will suppress much of the weed growth, will help to keep the soil moist, will moderate the soil temperature somewhat and ultimately as the straw breaks down over the fall and winter will provide some additional nutrients and will help greatly to improve the soil structure as it retains moisture and hosts a whole community of microbes and insects.
We finished weeding 5 rows of cole crops, cabbages mostly, and cauliflower, in preparation for spreading straw mulch there too. We also separated some of the new chickens, the ones we acquired as day olds at the end of April. The feather footed types, the partridge Cochin, the blue Cochin and the Brahma, 37 birds, hens and roosters, are now in a separate house. We started irrigating the cole crops with a sprinkler but then it rained. we’ll start again now. We rebuilt two wheelbarrows this week. A job long overdue and they have been used quite a bit over the past few days.
All the rest of the ducks and chickens are doing well as are the four footed critters, the horses, cows and sheep and our herd of cats.