June 27, 2016 Farm News

The usual Monday morning view of the garden.

The usual Monday morning view of the garden.

The old horse Marie.

The old horse Marie.

We have been working all week doing late transplantings and plenty of watering to keep plants growing.  We have had no rain for too long, the last rain on the 15th was about 12mm and before that the total of three days 4, 5 and 6th of June was about 18 mm with pretty much zero other than that. So the months total has been a rather miniscule amount. Not nearly enough for anything. May was actually worse for precipitation with a total for the month of May of just 22 mm. and though April had a total of about 55 mm, this was far below what was needed.  When the weather is hot and windy as it was on Sunday, then things are much worse.  Another hot one today then a bit cooler but rain not very likely any time soon.

Peas and Beans and Onons

Peas and Beans and Onons

Onions with Broad Beans to the left.

Onions with Broad Beans to the left.

Garlic.

Garlic.

Kale

Kale

But things are still growing and we are to begin the CSA pickups this week starting on Tuesday, tomorrow, and again on Thursday.  We don’t have a lot just yet and this week we’ll have but six or seven items: Garlic Scapes, Lamb’s Quarters, Korean Mint, Parsley, Green Onion, maybe Camomile and Broad Beans. We still have the chicken and the duck eggs too.

A red Silkie Rooster

A red Silkie Rooster

Tomatillo and Viper's Bugloss

Tomatillo and Viper’s Bugloss

The horses, cattle, sheep, chickens and ducks are all doing well but everyone is running out of pasture and we’ll very soon have to start feeding out hay.  This is not good.  Cuts into the winter feed supply increasing our costs and they should all be out on grass this time of year. Even if we get 6 inches of rain tomorrow (which we won’t and we’ll be lucky to get that as a total between now and the end of August), it will take nearly a month, perhaps even longer, for the pastures to recover enough to get animals out there again.  Six inches of rain spread out over July would be perfect weather.  The sixteen chicks are doing just fine. Heat lamp on overnight but off most of most days,  They are still in the small circle but we’ll soon let them have a much larger space.

The chicks, no heat lamp during the day.

The chicks, no heat lamp during the day.

Still a little worried about the camera.

Still a little worried about the camera.

 

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