WEATHER: The garden had been getting dry so the 32 mm (1.1 inches) of rain Monday evening and overnight was welcomed. The pastures and trees were still looking good but rain is always welcomed there too. This will be good for all the garden; seeds still not germinated, newly emergent seedlings, young transplants and those few things that are well established. The strong winds the past few days seem to be rather hard on the plants but no damage has been noticed.
THE VEGETABLES: Everything seems to be doing quite well. It is only that we are up to three weeks at least behind where we should normally be. We are still planting and will be doing so for a while and everything will work out. A few consequences of the long cold weather are now fully apparent. Our Redbud tree (about 15 years old) has died; there are far few blooms on the Lilacs and on the Apple trees and we lost about 75 % of our Garlic planting (with some varieties it was 100 % loss). The vast majority of things survived quite well though and aside from the lilac there were extenuating circumstances. Other Garlic, not early fall planted is flourishing and the Redbud was still in recovery mode from the drought of 2012.
THE LIVESTOCK: The cattle and sheep are now out on pasture and though a little late they are happy. The four horses are getting along together though the two pairs mostly just ignore each other. They need to be moved to fresh pasture soon. The laying hens are putting out the eggs better than ever even though many seem to be going through a molt and are looking quite scruffy. the new chicks and the ducklings are still doing fine and getting little feathers. They will need to be given access to the outside later on this week. It is especially needed by the ducklings as they are very good at snorkeling through the water spewing large quantities out there beaks and on to the ground making a mess of there pen in less than 10 minutes. First a larger pen for them.
HAYING TIME: Anytime now we will be getting a call from our neighbour down the road telling us that he is going to cut the hay. Then 4 to 5 days after we would have to start hauling hay up from their field near the river, something like a mile and a half from home. The hay is baled up into those large round bales and we can get 4 bales on our wagon at one time. There will likely be from 35 to 40 bales so that would be a minimum of 10 trips and we can do no more than 4 to 5 trips per day. So if we can get the new team to behave and they work well the job should be done in two days.