May 29, 2014 Farm News

 

The usual photo spot.   Compare to photos of the same spot that appeared in previous blogs.

The usual photo spot. Compare to photos of the same spot that appeared in previous blogs.

Weather report:  the temperatures for us have been much improved getting a good bit over 10C some nights and that is better for growing.  Tuesday night was down to a low of about 10C but hopefully that won’t happen too often.  There has been enough rain over the past week but none since about Saturday and no rain in the forecast for a few more days either so we may start to be concerned about that soon.  Already we have done some spot watering to keep new seed beds moist to increase the germination rate and also on newly emerged plants to keep them growing good.

 

Things are growing if you look closely.

Things are growing if you look closely.

Arugula carpet to the left, garlic and onion in front with a bag of compost to be spread among the plants. Onion sets sprouting nicely on the right, three rows.

Arugula carpet to the left, garlic and onion in front with a bag of compost to be spread among the plants. Onion sets sprouting nicely on the right, three rows.

 

 

Not much can be seen but there are lettuce mixes, garlic spinach  and lots more in these beds.

Not much can be seen but there are lettuce mixes, garlic spinach and lots more in these beds.

The black object in the upper left is a water barrel at about the midway point down the rows.

The black object in the upper left is a water barrel at about the midway point down the rows.

 

 

Two rows of broad beans not cultivated yet and showing a lot of small weeds and grass.

Two rows of broad beans not cultivated yet and showing a lot of small weeds and grass.

A once over with the wheeled hand cultivator along two rows of broad beans and two rows of peas makes the little weeds and grasses disappear.

A once over with the wheeled hand cultivator along two rows of broad beans and two rows of peas makes the little weeds and grasses disappear.

 

The Garden:  the planting has been progressing quite well though slowly.  There is much to do and Aerron has used the old team quite a bit in the garden to disc and cultivate to prepare beds for seeding and transplanting.  Much has sprouted and some of the earlier plantings, such as the potatoes, are up quite nicely and doing very well. Much else though is just showing and really needs warmth and moisture to grow quickly.

 

The ducklings busy doing what they do best. Getting their pen wet.

The ducklings busy doing what they do best. Getting their pen wet.

This is either a Barnevelder or a Welsummer chick.

This is either a Barnevelder or a Welsummer chick.

 

 

One of the Silkie chicks

One of the Silkie chicks

 

the chickens love wheat above all else.

the chickens love wheat above all else.

The chicks and ducklings:  they are now safely settled in their newly built house, the brooder house or nursery as Marie dubs it.  The chicks are in a 4′ x 4′ pen, with a heat lamp,  on one side of the house and the ducklings in another on the right side.  The chicks still need a heat lamp each night but the ducklings are now o.k.  without extra heat.  In about 2 or 3 weeks we’ll take away the small pens and give the chicks half the house and the duck the other with a narrow walkway between.  They will  also have access to a small outside enclosure then too.

 

Mareta.

Mareta.

Nell doing what she does best.  Eating. but then she should foal in maybe six weeks time.

Nell doing what she does best. Eating. but then she should foal in maybe six weeks time.

 

 

Marta.   Not eating.

Marta. Not eating.

Marta and Nell with Marie and Wimpy in the background.

Marta and Nell with Marie and Wimpy in the background.

The Horses:  we put the old team, Wimpy and Marie, into the same pasture area as the new team, Marta and Nell.  Until now they were in separate pastures beside one another and they could go nose to nose over the fence.  We were expecting that there might be some fireworks when we put them together but when we led Wimpy and Marie in Marta and Nell merely looked up and continued eating. There has been no physical interaction. The two teams simply ignore each other.  Couldn’t be better from our point of view.

The mouth was open but she wasn't saying anything.

The mouth was open but she wasn’t saying anything.

Getting down as far as possible so as not to be seen.

Getting down as far as possible so as not to be seen.

 

 

 

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One Response to May 29, 2014 Farm News

  1. Robert Feagan says:

    seems like great weather for being a chicken out pecking at tasty things — and I hope Marta is eating

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