May 2, 2016 Farm News

The usual garden view on a wet and misty Monday morn

The usual garden view on a wet and misty Monday morn

All set for use. Just need frames and occupants.

All set for use. Just need frames and occupants.

Cows, mists and Monday morning

Cows, mists and Monday morning

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.

One of the rhubarb clumps.  It is growing quite well.

One of the rhubarb clumps. It is growing quite well.

A bit of a damp Leucan

A bit of a damp Leucan

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.

Trays of sprouted veggies and some that are putting on their second set of leaves and which could now go into the garden.

Trays of sprouted veggies and some that are putting on their second set of leaves and which could now go into the garden.

Spring green onions and the overwintered Kale sprouting leaves all along but mostly from the base of the stems

Spring green onions and the overwintered Kale sprouting leaves all along but mostly from the base of the stems

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.

The Barred Rock, Rhode Islands, Marans and the Silkies.  A grey Silkie rooster in the foreground.

The Barred Rock, Rhode Islands, Marans and the Silkies. A grey Silkie rooster in the foreground.

Some of the better laying flock.

Some of the better laying flock.

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.

Bee hives.  Ours is the beat up one in the near ground, a strong hive though and Kari' new colourful lot .

Bee hives. Ours is the beat up one in the near ground, a strong hive though and Kari’ new colourful lot .

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One Response to May 2, 2016 Farm News

  1. Robert Feagan says:

    those new hives are indeed colourful, though I hope not too mesmerizing for the bees…

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