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.
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.
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.
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.