May 24, 2012: Farm News

Hello:  Still no rain, not good of course.  We are watering the garden each day and I use the word watering rather than irrigating since the latter implies some system that supplies water to an extensive area at the same time wereas we are hand watering with watering cans or with a regular common garden hose, not good of course. Most everything though is looking good because we are getting water to the plants but it takes far too long to do things this way. The one benefit as a result of the dry weather is that we have fewer weeds to contend with and a weeding is always as good as a watering.

We have had extra help on several occasions over the past few weeks, so we are still getting stuff into the ground and we are getting a lot of weeding done that so most of the rows look really good. We do have several nice photos taken over the past week some taken a bit earlier.

This one was taken a week or so back and is a barn swallow at the top of a post. The barn swallows came back in late April, the tree swallows had come back a couple of weeks before. Each year we have several pairs of them return to nest in our barn but at times their will be many, many, perhaps a hundred or more diving around over the fields, especially during haying when probabnly a lot of insects are disturbed and are thus available to this wonderful flier.

This was the swarm of bees that we managed to capture and transfer to a new hive box, this was reported in our blog a week or two back. The swarm was about 5 feet from the ground in a small hawthorn tree and was about the size of two

Gabriel is bringing our old Milking Shorthorn, Barb,back to the barn. Gabriel is 4 years old, Barb is at least 16. Barb has always been a friendly easy going cow, just perfect for being herded by a little cowboy.

The cows and the sheep. The cows, with their calves, are on the path heading from the barn out to pasture for the day after the morning milking

A portion of the garden two days ago. Far to the left the four beds of garlic and overwintered onions blend into a mass of green. There are also 4 rows of broad beans there too. The next bed looks quite bare but has three rows of very small carrot plants. These beds are about 320 feet in length. The three carrot rows run half way with the other half being three rows or parsnips.The next bed is three rows of onions, the next is two rows of edible pod peas. The wheel hoe is in the walking path between the peas and the next bed which is spinach and th bed on the right that is in full view is two rows of kale on the outsides with a row of lettuce down the centre. The bed on the far right running off the right edge of the photo is more onions.

footballs.

The word, football, down at the very bottom, belongs up with the caption to the bee swarm. It was to be the last word in the caption but twice it has migrated on it’s own to the bottom were it appears now. I am going to leave it there because attempts to retrieve it may cause other strange and unwanted changes to happen. Very frustrating and annoying.

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