Rain, Not and Wind: We had a couple of timely showers this week, just enough to keep things growing nicely, and just when we figured we were going to have to do a lot of real serious watering. It was dry between and before the rains and we did turn on the sprinkler and use watering cans for specific areas that needed a little extra moisture, such as the lettuce and spinach, and some of the new transplants. The wind on Tuesday was pretty fierce for most of the afternoon and up until around 7 but the plants seem not to have suffered damage, at least little noticeable damage. Can’t do plants any good though when they are thrashed around like they were for several hours. Total amount of rain was about 8 mm.
Chicks, Ducklings and the Foal: The wee birds continue to grow well, they sure eat a lot of food, the ducklings are four times the size of the chicks, or so it seems by looking at them. The various breeds are looking more and more distinct from one another. The duck breeds by their colour and also the Runner ducks seem to be taking on their very distinctive upright stance. The little chicks are getting their various colourful feather patterns and the Silkies are becoming just that … silky, sort of. Quite different they are. Our wee beautiful horsey, as he has been aptly described by our good friend, but I’ll borrow the description, is doing fine and of course changing rapidly by the day. We have been quite lucky with Leucan ( his name comes from the scientific name for the Ox-eye daisy, among which he was born; Leucanthemum vulgare ), he has so far had no problems and is growing normally as far as we can tell.
Tomatoes and other Veggies: We have been asked which varieties of tomatoes we are growing this year, so here is a list with a bit of information on each, a bit of a description. Those with numbers following the name are from William Dam Seeds. We have at least eight heritage (heirloom) varieties.
- Mountain Spring 372 early, medium size, red, bush.
- Green Zebra O372 small size, light green, heritage.
- Mountain Fresh C372 mid-season, red, bush.
- Plum Regal A365 plum paste type, red.
- Cherokee Purple O374 large, purplish-pink heritage.
- Big Beef A378 extra large, red, beefsteak.
- Brandywine Red B377 large, excellent flavour, red heritage.
- Pomodoro Constoluto Genovese large beefsteak type.
- Super Fantastic large red.
- Ball’s Beefsteak large red.
- Champion II medium size red.
- Better Boy large Red.
- Sunny Boy medium size yellow.
- Black Krim O373 large, dark red purple, green interior, heritage.
- Jubilee large yellow.
- White Tomesol medium-large white heritage.
- Pink Peach small light red, fuzzy skin.
- La Roma II mediun size red paste type.
- Hungrian Italian dark red paste, heritage.
- Sun Sugar A368 yellow orange cherry type, excellent.
- Super Sweet 100 B368 red cherry.
- Sweet Million red cherry type.
- Lady Bug sweet red cherry type.
- Black Cherry dark purple black heritage.
- Indigo Rose dark purple red heritage.
- Martinos Roma small to medium size red paste.
The rest of the vegetable varieties are growing nicely. Ideally, what we need for most of the plants to grow well, are good hot, 25+C days, with nights no lower than 20C, and 3 to 8 mm of rain for the weeks total; I should be able to order that up no problem.
Thanks to our volunteer help and to our working sharers, Anca, Ken and Suzanne for your efforts. Stay tuned, more next week.