June 6, 2013 Farm News

The secret garden at it's best.

The secret garden at it’s best.

The rain over the past week or so has been very welcome.  We have had a significant amount for a change and it came over several days so it has had a more positive effect this way.  What we really need now is higher temperatures, but I wonder that if we get the weather system with a lot of warmth, will we also get it prolonged dry?  So if we get rain on Thursday it will still be most welcome as a weekly rainfall is ideal for us, but it would then be perfect if temperatures went up by almost 10 degrees overnight and during the day.

That picture is for the vegetable garden and our pastures.  For the hay crop we need it to be dry for about a week.  Seven dry and warm days and nights would be time enough for us to have our hay cut, dried, baled and hauled to the barn.  So maybe after this spot of moisture we can have it warm and dry.

Horses, cows, sheep, goat and donkey are faring quite well.  They have mostly shed their winter coats though it is interesting how long it clings to some individuals.  Aerron does need to shear the sheep though and that will take some time as he does it with simple hand shears.  He also has a dozen other pressing things that he wants done.

The vegetable garden looks pretty good. Aerron has used the horses regularly to keep much of the garden well tilled with the single row cultivator and we have been using the wheeled stirrup hoe on those rows which are to tight for the horses to do.  Many things have been very slow to grow.  We were too dry for too long a while back and the intermittent spells of lower temperatures also has slowed things.  We still have much to be seeded, a lot really should be going in this week as it is already a week or so late, so we will be working extra hard and long to get it done. The potatoes are looking especially good, we have the weeds well under control there and the rows have been walked regularly to remove potato beetles.  If they are hand picked regularly for about two more weeks and we don’t allow any larval infestations to get established then the predator spined soldier beetles will control the potato beetle for the rest of the season and we won’t have to do anything.  At least that is what has happened in the past.

A Mockingbird sitting on the cultivator. He went from there to the ground and back several times, presumably and hopefully getting those white grubs.

A Mockingbird sitting on the cultivator. He went from there to the ground and back several times, presumably and hopefully getting those white grubs.

The fat white line is rolled up row cover and to it's left are the Beans with three rows of Arugula and other greens to the right.

The fat white line is rolled up row cover and to it’s left are the Beans with three rows of Arugula and other greens to the right.

The potatoes. The first 4 rows are Yukon Gold and are somewhat gappy.

The potatoes. The first 4 rows are Yukon Gold and are somewhat gappy.

The cultivator resting on the area ready for squash and other vines

The cultivator resting on the area ready for squash and other vines

This is why the horses were resting. Disced and  ready for the corn.

This is why the horses were resting. Disced and ready for the corn.

Horses resting.

Horses resting.

Horses grazing.

Horses grazing.

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