The weather has been a bit too cool this past week but the trend is for a slight warming so that is hopeful. We welcome the wet weather of the past few days as the ground had been getting dry with very little rain having fallen. But the recent amount is far less than we would like: the total for the month of April was not much over an inch, less than 3 centimetres and less than 10 mm has fallen over the past 24 hours. This lack of rain has not been too serious, but as the month progresses, and temperatures during the day start to be around the mid twenties and the sun shines bright and perhaps we get windy days; then things will start to dry more quickly and as grass and herbaceous growth really takes off and the trees start to unfurl their leaves, then all those roots supplying the growth will remove a lot of water from the soil in short order and we’ll have serious dry.
We did get a bit more planted, the ground was worked a bit more but much more still needs to be done. We were hampered somewhat by the cool and then by the wet, and then sidetracked by projects, but that is going to be happening to us frequently.
We did a big chicken move this week. We combined our flock of ISA and our flock of Red Sex Link hens, our better egg layers, into one flock and moved them all to the chicken house behind our house and to a better fenced enclosure and combined the Rhode Island Reds, the Barred Plymouth Rocks and the Marans into one flock out front near our CSA pick up area and have opened up another fenced yard for them. The Barnevelders, eleven hens and one rooster, have been moved to daughter Heather’s yard next door to the west of us.
We prepared an area for a proper bee yard. Kari Bishop has brought out colourful boxes to assemble 7 bee hives and her bees will arrive on the 14th. Kari needed a spot to park her bees as being in an urban area restricted the number of hives she could keep. Bree Akesson, our enthusiastic and very knowledgeable beekeeping friend, whose Chestnut Farms honey some of you may have had last season, will be helping me, I hope, with our own bees here. Our single beat up hive has a good population of honey makers but I need to add more space for them real soon.