October 5, 2015 Farm News

The garden from the usual spot. Some of this area needs to be tilled and planted into garlic.

The garden from the usual spot. Some of this area needs to be tilled and planted into garlic.

A lot of wind and a little rain this week.  Rain was welcome, no significant wind damage.  Very cool now.   Lows overnight have been down to 4 to 9 and highs only around 12 to 17.  We’ll need to clean and inspect the woodstove and chimney this week as we are going to need to heat the house soon.

At the far left is a row of Tomatoes and these plants are finished, badly damaged by the blight. Next is the row of Rainbow Swiss Chard which is doing alright now following a very slow start with large gaps and some caterpillar and a little Gold Finch damage but now the Chard is doing it's best growth. The dark green plants are sweet pepper and all season they have been struggling. The nights were too cold and now too cold again though the plants are not yet dropping leaves though fruit set will be slow or non existent and anyway there will not be enough time to ripen. Next, barely discernible is a row of Okra which from the beginning did not do well. The cold was far too much for this West African native and we got few fruits from these plants.

At the far left is a row of Tomatoes and these plants are finished, badly damaged by the blight. Next is the row of Rainbow Swiss Chard which is doing alright now following a very slow start with large gaps and some caterpillar and a little Gold Finch damage but now the Chard is doing it’s best growth. The dark green plants are sweet pepper and all season they have been struggling. The nights were too cold and now too cold again though the plants are not yet dropping leaves though fruit set will be slow or non existent and anyway there will not be enough time to ripen. Next, barely discernible is a row of Okra which from the beginning did not do well. The cold was far too much for this West African native and we got few fruits from these plants.

The garden is of course slowed.  The tomatoes were mostly finished anyway and those that remain are not going to produce much unless we get a week of 20 + in the day and no less than 15 overnight.Much fall work needs doing. We still have to get the garlic planted and need to clean up some areas of the garden to put down manure and compost for over winter and if possible still get a cover crop such as oats or wheat planted.  Getting a little late for that now and there are mostly too many growing plants in the way.

We still need to find a bit more hay to get all the hay burners through ’til spring and we need some straw too.  The cows are still on pasture though it is getting pretty thin and the horses have some fresh pasture to go on. The front lot of chickens, the main lay flock, is way overdue to move to another pasture but we still must set up a fence.Much work remains to be done to get ready for the winter cold and snow. Could not load any more photos, still getting “http error” and no picture.  Hopefully more pics on FAcebook, try the link.

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