Our vegetable garden is looking very nice and is steadily filling up. We are still a little bit behind where we would like to be but things are coming along very well. We have had two Thursday and one Tuesday CSA vegetable pick ups at the farm. The number of items was small but the quantities of each were large: Spinach, Lettuce mix, Green Onions, Korean Mint and Garlic Scapes have been available so far. This week may just be similar. On the list of vegetables that will be ready very soon, if not this week, then almost certainly next week, are; Broad Beans (also known as Fava or perhaps Butter Beans) and small Carrots. Potatoes very likely in two weeks time.
Today Monday we will be bringing up the hay from the neighbours, 49 of the 4 X 5 foot round bales. Our neighbour will bring them up for us with his tractor and wagon as this will complete the job in a single afternoon. If we were to do the hauling with horses and wagon it would take us two and likely three days. We have too much work to be done in the garden to be away from it that long. The hay was baled the Friday before last but of course got rained on that weekend. It needed to be left in the field from then until now in order to dry out as much as possible. Since it is predicted to rain tomorrow we have to get it in now. The more rain it gets the more it will deteriorate and hopefully the rain that it did take will not have made for too much loss.
All of our animals from cats and chickens to goats and horses are doing well. We still have issues with pasture rotations and fencing problems related to necessarily quickly done work but these are slowly being resolved. It has taken much more time at the wrong time but had to be done.
We have done much work cultivating with the horses and Aerron usually does this in the evening as it is cooler and the air likely to be stiller so we are often going quite late. Last night it was 10 p.m. when he unharnessed and before that it was a quarter to 10 when he finished up. Gets a little difficult to see everything though the time before there was strong moonlight.