June 12, 2014 Farm News

On the right is two rows of favas nicely flowered with lettuce and garlic to the right.

On the right is two rows of favas nicely flowered with lettuce and garlic to the right.

Three rows of tiny carrot plants doing well.

Three rows of tiny carrot plants doing well.

Nicely growing rows of potatoes but they are nicely full of weeds.  Aerron will be running the horse drawn single row cultivator down the rows and they will then look perfect.

Nicely growing rows of potatoes but they are nicely full of weeds. Aerron will be running the horse drawn single row cultivator down the rows and they will then look perfect.

The herd, milkers, dry cows, mothers and their calves and sheep in the background.

The herd, milkers, dry cows, mothers and their calves and sheep in the background.

Lumps of wool with legs.  They have heads too, down deep in the grass munching away.

Lumps of wool with legs. They have heads too, down deep in the grass munching away.

Nell, sniffing the daisies and looking real good too.

Nell, sniffing the daisies and looking real good too.

The horses feasting on the new pasture.

The horses feasting on the new pasture.

Four rows of fava beans in flower and a later fava row not yet flowering and peas starting to the right of the barrel.

Four rows of fava beans in flower and a later fava row not yet flowering and peas starting to the right of the barrel.

 

 

Late spring and what could be better ?

Late spring and what could be better ?

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.

The bed in the centre is empty now but to the left is the three row bed of newly planted bulbing onions A272 Candy, a Spanish type followed by 276 Red Wing a large red onion.  On the rightthe bed of Arugula and radish both of which have flowered and will need to be reseeded.

The bed in the centre is empty now but to the left is the three row bed of newly planted bulbing onions A272 Candy, a Spanish type followed by 276 Red Wing a large red onion. On the rightthe bed of Arugula and radish both of which have flowered and will need to be reseeded.

 To the right of the Arugula/Radish a three row bed of onion sets growing really nicely. Next on the left three rows of Spinach half way down switching to beets.

To the right of the Arugula/Radish a three row bed of onion sets growing really nicely. Next on the left three rows of Spinach half way down switching to beets.

 

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

Seeding peas by hand.

Seeding peas by hand.

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.

Aerron getting the last of the cows to move along the trail to the pasture. One of our real nice little spring calves there too.  Sheep in the background.

Aerron getting the last of the cows to move along the trail to the pasture. One of our real nice little spring calves there too. Sheep in the background.

One of our laying hens came running up to see me, a Columbia cross.

One of our laying hens came running up to see me, a Columbia cross.

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