May 15, 2013 Farm News

This familiar scene is much greener than last week in spite of a lot of cool weather

This familiar scene is much greener than last week in spite of a lot of cool weather

This has been quite a week for us. We planted another three rows of onion sets and Aerron ran the stirrup wheel hoe through all the garden except for one walking path. It is important to keep well ahead of the weeds and to hoe them out when they are quite small.  This is most important with things such as carrots and beets  because they take so long to germinate, so long to emerge from the soil, and the seedlings are so very tiny. There will still be a narrow strip where the seeds are sown that cannot be hoed until the carrots or beets are up high enough to be easily seen.  Subsequent hoeing can then get closer and closer until hand weeding is necessary for the last close in bit.  Much of what was seeded straight into the garden has not yet come up. This has been a good thing for the cold sensitive vegetable seedlings as the weather is now so cold at night, three nights where the temperature has been near  freezing, that our beans and sweet corn would likely have been damaged.  Some of the beans had started to emerge from the soil so Saturday evening when the cold was just arriving, a bit of soil was hoed over the seedlings so that they were not exposed to the air.

We have done a lot in the greenhouse and many things are now up and growing.  The cold though is going to slow not only the garden but the greenhouse growing as well.  We are pleased with the progress in the greenhouse even though overall we are behind where we would like to have been.  Things are going to be a little later this season.

Aerron has had to do a lot of work on fencing for the cows over the last few days but the cows are now out on pasture eating fresh green grass.  They had been, until Saturday, outside each day on the same spot of ground; so of course there was nothing much to eat there as grass was nibbled down before it got to any respectable size. The pasture growth is looking pretty good and they are now being rotated through; seven or eight pastures, one day on each, a week before they are back on the same one.

All the photos taken this past week.  Note the last one taken Wednesday.

Even in this photo taken on Sunday the growth over the week is apparent. If you look carefully along the edge of the garlic bed, which is on the left, a bit of snow/hail can be seen in the hollow all along.

Even in this photo taken on Sunday the growth over the week is apparent. If you look carefully along the edge of the garlic bed, which is on the left, a bit of snow/hail can be seen in the hollow all along.

In this photo, also from Sunday, the onion growth compared with last week is quite noticeable. The onions really stand out now.

In this photo, also from Sunday, the onion growth compared with last week is quite noticeable. The onions really stand out now.

The cows happily munching away on the real stuff, not the dried version. The Manitoba Maples are nearly in full leaf.

The cows happily munching away on the real stuff, not the dried version. The Manitoba Maples are nearly in full leaf.

Cody tethered on the front lawn doing mowing duties. He still has his winter coat so he looks a little shabby stlll.

Cody tethered on the front lawn doing mowing duties. He still has his winter coat so he looks a little shabby still.

Just a pretty spring picture, horse grazing left centre.

Just a pretty spring picture, horse grazing left centre.

Another nice pastoral scene.

Another nice pastoral scene.

Whoa, that's our apple tree, what are those people doing? Answer next week.

Whoa, that’s our apple tree, what are those people doing? Answer next week.

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