June 22, 2015 Farm News

The garden view on sunny Monday. Everything is growing well.

The garden view on sunny Monday. Everything is growing well.

This has been a very busy week for us as we try to get as much planted and seeded as we can and also try to get ahead of weeds.  We have had a lot of help from volunteers and from some of the CSA working shares.  Thanks very much to Anca, Jennifer, Jim, Ken, Mihaela, Khanh and Shawn for spending time doing what can sometimes be tedious and very time consuming work. Planting and seeding is all done by hand so nothing really goes in quickly.  The beds are made, but very roughly, with the horses pulling the single row cultivator with a drum roller attached behind to flatten and break lumps.  We then have to use various hand tools, depending on what is going in, to do the final prep work for seeding or transplanting.Tools include rakes, shovels, wheel hoes with different attachments and plant spacing marker. To get ready for a tiny seed such as carrots we need to do a more careful bed preparation and then lay boards over the seed and mulch the bed heavily. Most everything needs to be watered and sometimes the watering is done into the row beforehand with transplants as well as after seeding or transplanting is complete.

Onions, Broad Beans and more Onions

Onions, Broad Beans and more Onions

"...the old brown mare she ain't what she used to be 20 odd years ago..." Marie mare is recovered from her bout with 'slobbers' but she is still underweight, looking just a little thin and still has a persistent cough.

“…the old brown mare she ain’t what she used to be 20 odd years ago…” Marie mare is recovered from her bout with ‘slobbers’ but she is still underweight, looking just a little thin and still has a persistent cough.

The cows, sheep and horses are on pasture though only the cows are being rotated through properly,  The main flock of chickens still needs to have another run set up to get them on fresh pasture.  So more time in setting up, checking and maintaining fences.

Ducks and water, chickens stay back a bit.

Ducks and water, chickens stay back a bit.

The garden is looking very good and though some things have gone in late we will catch up soon and in a short few weeks will have lots of fresh veggies for the CSA members. We will try to load pictures here but of late WordPress has not been loading properly. I can’t get the picture up that I want.  Check our Facebook page too as we might be able to load more photos there.

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2 Responses to June 22, 2015 Farm News

  1. Robert Feagan says:

    So. Can you lead a duck to water? AND, have them swim?

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