June 26, 2014 Farm News

 

 

 

 

Nearly sunset on the 21st

Nearly sunset on the 21st

Rain and Sun;  were in abundance this past seven days.  It was getting very dry for a while and our neighbour cut his hay, the hay that we will be getting, on Thursday last.  We had been watering in the garden quite a lot, pump would run nearly all day, the grass was drying and the ground getting quite hard.  Gary came to bale that hay on Monday and got 30 bales rolled up when it started to rain.  There are an estimated 4 or 5 bales lying in windrows, now quite wet and in need of a fluffing up and at least two dry days.  The already completed bales will be alright as they pretty much shed all the water and the top will dry off in a couple of days. As of Wednesday morning we have had about 40 mm or near 1 and a half inches of rain.

CSA pickups;  will begin this week so if you have not got my message yet and you have paid for or committed to a share, then come to the farm on Thursday early evening between 5 and 7 and we will have a small amount of vegetables ready for this week. The quantities and variety will gradually increase over the coming weeks.

Herds and Flocks;  are all doing really well and all of the young animals, lambs, calves, colt, ducklings and chicks are healthy and growing quickly.

 

Leucan looking lovely.

Leucan looking lovely.

Vegetables; are now, with the rain, growing really well and the temperatures are good too.  Not too much trouble with pests so far except for a greater than usual amount of damage from cut worms.  White grubs are right now very rarely seen and Potato beetles while there, have been somewhat kept in check by hand picking and squishing and by all the predator insects.  Weeds are a constant source of work but we are keeping up with them quite well and seeding and transplanting continues.  Those of you with the working shares have done a lot this week with potato beetles and weeding; many thanks.

Looking across the garden and it is looking better.

Looking across the garden and it is looking better.

 

Looking across in the other direction, Onions, Spinach and Lettuce dominate the picture.

Looking across in the other direction, Onions, Spinach and Lettuce dominate the picture.

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