August 14, 2014 Farm news

094Another vegetable growing week has passed and much was done; seeding, lots of weeding, and hoeing.  The weather was good though nights continue  a bit on the cool side.  We do have plenty of daytime warmth though and it even gets quite hot some days.  Though it was getting a bit dry before the Monday evening’s rain (by Tuesday afternoon we had accumulated a total of 20 mm) there has been enough soil moisture to keep things growing well. We are getting significantly shorter days however and in about a month or so this will affect how some things grow.

Kale rows way to the left of the photo with rows of just seeded lettuce mixes with a bed of three onion rows and in the centre a nice lot of arugula growing again.

Kale rows way to the left of the photo with rows of just seeded lettuce mixes with a bed of three onion rows and in the centre a nice lot of arugula growing again.

Two rows of kale, one younger than the other, with newly seeded lettuce mix either side.

Two rows of kale, one younger than the other, with newly seeded lettuce mix either side.

We are planting for fall harvests too, so we are hoping that we will have a warmish fall and a really late start to winter.  If all goes well we can still be harvesting right to the end of October on most veggies and there will be some things in the open field that we will still be picking beyond that.

The horses, Nell and Marta with Marie just to the right all mowing the lawn.

The horses, Nell and Marta with Marie just to the right all mowing the lawn.

The farm’s resident Horses, Cows, Goat, Sheep, Donkey, Goose, Ducks, Chickens, Dogs and Cats are all in excellent health.  The new foal, Leucan, continues to grow like one of our garden weeds but he is getting quite tame though he is a feisty character.  Our next challenge with him will be to get the halter on and to start leading him around.  The chickens are laying well still and the egg size is significantly larger over last week.  Extra Large eggs account for 7.9% of the total, up from 1.9% last week but the important numbers are the Large size at 30.7% of the total, up from 3.7%, the Mediums at 44.1% instead of the previous 31.5% and the number of smalls falling to 17.3% from the previous 51.8% of the total.  We will probably bring the price up to $4.00 once we get a few more percentage points at Large and medium size.

Some of the younger laying hens, the pullets, in the pretty blue Cornflower.

Some of the younger laying hens, the pullets, in the pretty blue Cornflower.

 

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