OUR WEATHER: has been pretty good this week. We have had a nice amount of rainfall and the daytime temperatures have been nice too. Overnight could be a little warmer though. Cooler temperatures, both during the day and at night but probably especially at night, have persisted throughout the spring with only a few really hot days. Overall this has been good but with things such as peppers, eggplant, tomato, and beans (not the favas) a lot of sun and hot weather would now be really beneficial.
THE GARDEN: is now looking pretty good. We have had to keep up with the hoeing as weeds seem to grow no matter what the weather. Hand held hoeing, wheel hoeing and cultivating with the horses using the single row riding cultivator is being used. Seeding and transplanting continues. What is up and growing looks very nice though everything is quite delayed – we are about three weeks behind were we might have expected to be because of the weather earlier in the spring. We are also slowed up a bit as we do everything without any fossil fuels; all the work done in the garden is with human powered or horse powered tools and we are still depending on the older slower team.
VOLUNTEERS AND WORK SHARERS: We have had a lot of help this spring with planting and seeding. Thanks very much, and a little belated too, for all the help from Mihaela, who spent long hours here over several days volunteering doing seeding and transplanting and for generously sharing her lovely little lettuce plants with us. Thanks also to Anca for first seeding those peas, then on the next occasion quickly adapting to using the Jang seeder very nicely. We really got a lot done on those days. Thanks very much also to our of our hard working sharers, Allan, Joe, Ken and Suzanne who spent time this week getting things planted. The last of the potatoes went in and the last of our slicing, bulb onion transplants went in and the last of the first planting of lettuces went into the ground. A lot was accomplished and there is always pleasant conversation where we learn so much. It is always much nicer to have the company and not be working alone
LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY: The cows are out on pasture and are regularly being rotated through pastures, one or two, maybe three days on a pasture then on to the next. The sheep along with the single goat are on pasture, they have free run of two large areas, and are locked in for the night as the Maremma guardian dog is still in training and we want to reduce the risks from coyotes. The four horses are together on the pasture beside the garden and are very happy there. We still need to do more training with the new team so that they can be worked efficiently however we have been far to busy with other things and that and have not been able to get that done. The chickens, the laying flock, are fine though we suspect they are sometimes hiding a few eggs from us and the chicks and ducklings continue to eat and eat and eat and grow.