June 8, 2015 Farm News

The usual weekly garden picture.

The usual weekly garden picture.

The weather is not perfect for us but we are getting more rain which is much needed and temperatures are alright but would be better if the nights were somewhat warmer.  From 15 to 20 as normal night time temperatures would be very good. The garden is doing quite well though and weeds are under control but they are constantly appearing just about as fast as we can eliminate them. The veggies are growing very good however though we do have a large amount still to be seeded and transplanted.  So much more work needs doing.

The milkweed growing in our purple bean row.  Hopefully a monarch butterfly will lay her eggs on them.

The milkweed growing in our purple bean row. Hopefully a monarch butterfly will lay her eggs on them.

 

Carrots, spinach and garlic with to the far right broad beans and onions

Carrots, spinach and garlic with to the far right broad beans and onions

Nell and Marta resting  with Aerron and the discs hooked behind.

Nell and Marta resting with Aerron and the discs hooked behind.

The horses Nell and Marta are working quite well though they are just a bit out of shape from not doing enough regular work.  We don’t harness them enough.  We had relied on the old team of Wimpy and Marie to do the work that needed more precision, but with Wimpy’s death we have to make do with Nell and Marta for all the work. We could team one of them with Marie for some very light work but Marie is too old for sustained work, even the light variety. We did hitch Nell and Marta to the single row cultivator with the roller attached behind and they did quite well.  Though they did not walk as straight as they should have, Aerron in the driver’s seat was able to compensate with the foot steering on the cultivator.

Working up another area in the garden.

Working up another area in the garden.

The cows on new pasture.

The cows on new pasture.

The cows are very happy on their new pastures and the new method of pasture rotation is working fairly well though it does require a lot of work preparing the fencing, not so much work once it is all up.  We are hoping that this more intensive grazing method will get us more from our pastures as we are on a cycle of more than 40 days. The sheep and horses are on a different series of pastures and the rotation is not so intensive for them. we are hoping to go further into the fall on pastures, ideally right until the snow gets too deep for grazing. the idea being to reduce the hay consumption over winter.

Our hay at the neighbours has been cut and baled and we will have to fetch it up from the field to the barn. not exactly sure when or how we will do this as we are so pressed for time at the present.

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