May 11, 2015 Farm News

The usual garden view, lots of planting done, lots more to go.

The usual garden view, lots of planting done, lots more to go.

The Rhode Island Red pullets

The Rhode Island Red pullets

We still need to get a good rain.  The several rains we have had this past week have each ben only enough to wet the ground and while welcome they are not really enough yet.  We need to have about an inch or about 3 centimetres of rain over the whole day.  That will really fix things up.  The grass will spurt ahead in growth, veggies seeds just now struggling to sprout will sprout quickly and grow rapidly in the days after the rain.  So we’ll just watch and wait and see and provide a little irrigation here and there.

The green onions.

The green onions.

Over the weekend, with much appreciated help from Anca and Jennie on Saturday, we were able to mulch the newly seeded carrot, spinach and lettuce beds.  In the photos can be seen the boards that were laid down on the seeded rows.  This will protect these seeds of which the carrot and lettuce are very small, near the surface and very prone to drying, and help to keep them moist.  We will lift the boards when the seeds germinate.  The mulch is extremely valuable to have down.  It maintains moisture, suppresses much weed growth and adds food to the soil via microbes, fungi and various small critters such as earthworms.

Our little Blue (or is it grey?) Silkie hen setting on a clutch of Marans and Barnevelder eggs.  She seldom moves.

Our little Blue (or is it grey?) Silkie hen setting on a clutch of Marans and Barnevelder eggs. She seldom moves.

The mulched beds of Carrots, lettuce and spinach.

The mulched beds of Carrots, lettuce and spinach.

The sheep, cows, horses and donkey are still not yet on pasture.  We would like to keep them off the grass until after that really good rainfall that we have not yet got.  But they will go out in a few days anyway.  It is pretty much time.

Garlic, with two rows of vary small Fava (Broad Bean) plants to the right.

Garlic, with two rows of vary small Fava (Broad Bean) plants to the right.

We bought 10 little three day old chickens.  These chicks are the breed Buff Brahmas.  A breed apparently originating in India, they are a rare breed and the buff coloured version that we got is a very pretty bird.  But then every chicken is a most wonderful blend of feathers and colours and patterns.

The new Buff Brahma chicks, seven pure bred, three crossed with Chantecler.

The new Buff Brahma chicks, seven pure bred, three crossed with Chantecler.

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2 Responses to May 11, 2015 Farm News

  1. Robert Feagan says:

    Love those little golden flowers with the spreading leaves — what are those?!! And whatever kind of chicken-bird that grey one is, it’s lovely — Robert

    • devonacres says:

      The lovely little golden flowers with spreading leaves are your common old Dandelion looking very good and somewhat disguised in their situation here in the untilled portion of the garden.
      You definitely need a half dozen of the purdiest hens for the backyard, including a little Blue Silkie, oh, and maybe a duck.

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