Much was done this past week and mostly in the garden. We have had a little bit of rain, not nearly enough but with irrigation the garden is getting enough moisture to keep things growing quite nicely and, except for a couple of cool, around 12C or so, nights, temperatures have been real warm, even hot most of the time with lots of sun. Great weather to keep things growing.
With a lot of help we have cleared of weeds the cabbage rows, the cauliflower, the broccoli (except for a strip down the walking part and where arugula and radishes are growing), and also cleared the cucumbers and about half of the corn. Thank you especially over the past week to these much appreciated people who worked away in the garden: Ken for pulling onions and then cleaning them up, a long and tedious job, and with other help during Thursday’s harvest; Rick and Jennifer for getting the broccoli and more free of the worst of the weeds and Khanh, for helping to free most of the leeks from grass and weeds.
Much of our garden is late this year for a variety of reasons, mostly the weather. Broccoli are now forming heads and perhaps later this week we can start harvesting them. Cucumber plants are doing real well and have lots of little cukes hiding under leaves to be ready maybe next week. Chinese cabbage is looking nice too and is perhaps a week or two from harvest. Brussel’s Sprouts, cabbages, cauliflower, leeks and celery are still a few weeks off. The progress of tomato, pepper, eggplant, okra, the heat loving veggies, is still slow. Fruits are there and more are forming and ripening slowly. Except for tomatoes, plants are not as large as we expected and perhaps fewer fruit too as a result. We will likely still have a good harvest from these vegetables eventually.
Our pastures are still recovering from the drought , they really need a lot more rain than we have been getting. If we were to get here or four days of moderate rain and warmth then they would put on a significant growth spurt. The slow recovery makes it difficult to find enough grass for the sheep, cows and horse. Doubling the number of horses has meant doubling the pasture requirements. We’ll get by.
Still a lot of growing season left for this year. If there are not any or many photos here, then go to our Facebook page as there should be lots there.