July 31, 2014 Farm News

The garden at the bean rows in Wednesday rain. Two drops on the lens on the right side of the photo.

The garden at the bean rows in Wednesday rain. Two drops on the lens on the right side of the photo.

It was getting pretty dry but then we got a real good dump of rain.  We are set for at least a week now.  The temperatures have been a bit on the cool side both night and day.  A night time low of near 10°C is pretty chilly for July.  But now, Wednesday afternoon, we get another brief rain shower.  There has been much weeding done, especially today, when with Ken, Suzanne and Jacob here helping for a good long while, we managed to clean up the entire length of a weedy tomato and pepper rows.  Thanks very much to the three of you.  We have been busy during the week finishing all the transplants and doing more seeding with lots more seeding still to be done for fall crops.    Most everything is growing well though the worry now is the blights which usually affect tomatoes and potatoes when the weather is cool and damp at nights.  The pepper plants  are producing a lot of peppers in spite of less than ideal temperatures, they like it hot.  The potatoes are also susceptible to blight but so far not much is there but then it is still early.  The Yukon Gold potatoes that we have been harvesting for the last few weeks are plagued with a scab that shows up as digs in the skin, usually not to deep but still must be cut off.  The Yukon Gold variety is susceptible to a good number of potato diseases and is often better suited  to commercial growers who put on all kinds of fungicides etc.

Mineral Blocks are very popular. This one has been in place for over a week now and is still often chawed on.

Mineral Blocks are very popular. This one has been in place for over a week now and is still often chawed on.

We are working slowly at training the new colt Leucan, with the first steps being to get him used to us touching him all over.  He just wants to play right now.  He has so far kept his feet on the ground which is really good and kept his play to a lot of mouthing, which we need to keep from turning into biting.  We’ll keep this up until we can put the halter on.  We also then have to be sure we can take it off again as he cannot be let loose wearing a halter, too likely that he could get it caught on something.  This will take quite a while as we have to do it in small steps.  After we can get the halter off and on without any fuss then we can start to lead him around.  We may have to build a round pen or paddock after that so as we can do the horse whisper thing with him, but that is a bit in the future.

Nell at the mineral block looking really good in spite of having to nurse a rapidly growing foal.

Nell at the mineral block looking really good in spite of having to nurse a rapidly growing foal.

Leucan, wet from the rain and also looking very good.

Leucan, wet from the rain and also looking very good.

I tried to get a close up of Leucan but he just kept getting too close. Nice eye though don't you think ?

I tried to get a close up of Leucan but he just kept getting too close. Nice eye though don’t you think ?

Quackers and young chickens roaming for insects and other choice bits.

Quackers and young chickens roaming for insects and other choice bits.

 

Loads of help in the garden again this week so once more to everyone who helped out; it was very much appreciated, a lot was accomplished and it was very worthwhile.  Difficult to keep ahead of the weeds with the wet weather that we have had lately.

The new hens, the pullets, at the round feeder.

The new hens, the pullets, at the round feeder.

More of the pullets at the nearby long feeder.

More of the pullets at the nearby long feeder.

The hens are all doing well and laying very near to their maximum.  The new hens’ eggs are getting slowly larger with many now in the medium range and far fewer are small.  A few are still pee wee sized but a few are large and extra large sized. The small eggs are still $2.00 per dozen but we should up it to $3.00 in a week or two and the Jumbo eggs from the older birds are still at $4.00 for each dozen.

We are now opening up on Fridays and Saturdays from 9 am until 6 pm for all those outside the CSA who would like to buy vegetables and eggs.

 

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