May 16, 2016 Farm News

The usual garden view

The usual garden view

We were able to get some seeds and more onion sets planted.  Only a small number of sets to go in.  We had help and thank Dawn, her daughter Sadie and Dawn’s mother Marg for spending a good part of their morning helping out with the planting.  A long tedious job was finished much, much quicker and with pleasant conversation.  We have had a bit of rain which was much needed and welcomed, though it has slowed planting a bit.  It has been a bit too cool. Saturday night was about 2 degrees C and last night got down to about one degree, but with the wind there appears to have been no frost.  We will have to wait a day or two as there might have been small areas here or there were there was some frost.  So we escaped damage luckily.  Just a year ago, May 18 2015 we again had frost which again missed our garden but damaged newly emerged leaves in the valley.

Two wheel hoes in the fava beans (broad beans)

Two wheel hoes in the fava beans (broad beans)

These trays of kale and broccoli are now ready for transplanting.

These trays of kale and broccoli are now ready for transplanting.

We are getting set to put the horses, cows and sheep out on to their pastures and begin the rotation from one spot to the next.  They have been outside all the while over winter and until now but only on the same spots and have been fed hay.  The sheep have already been on some small areas with new grass but not the cows and horses.  They will be very happy to get out there and munch all the green stuff.  Getting all this ready has meant much time spent by Aerron in fixing fences.

Last years kale is growing well but starting to flower. We'll try saving some seed from these plants.

Last years kale is growing well but starting to flower. We’ll try saving some seed from these plants.

The chickens and the ducks continue to lay eggs at a very good rate.  They will be moved on to fresh pasture having pretty much worn out the bit they have been on. Kari Bishop brought her bees to their new hives here on Saturday and they are now safely housed and poised to get out and do their thing collecting nectar and pollen.  Seven hives in total plus our very own single hive, which has been quite active in the nice warm weather and needs another box put on.

The new hives, cool right now so only one bee about but expect they will get lively as the day warms.

The new hives, cool right now so only one bee about but expect they will get lively as the day warms.

The one bee outside on the top of a hive.

The one bee outside on the top of a hive.

The barred rock herd.

The barred rock herd.

So the farm work just progresses with the spring, work getting done here, not enough here and the list of things to do seems to grow longer.

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2 Responses to May 16, 2016 Farm News

  1. Robert Feagan says:

    One bee leads to many bees — famous old Confucian saying (just sayin’…)

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