July 11, 2016 FARM NEWS

The usual Monday morning view of the garden. I take a photo from this same spot each week, each Monday morning just to show progress and change.

The usual Monday morning view of the garden. I take a photo from this same spot each week, each Monday morning just to show progress and change.

The horses just standing about in the morning sun. This pasture is burned and eaten up but each morning they go to another area that still has a bit of eating in it.

The horses just standing about in the morning sun. This pasture is burned and eaten up but each morning they go to another area that still has a bit of eating in it.

We did have some rain and it definitely was welcomed and it definitely helped, but we do need a lot more.  The vegetable garden is really suffering in the heat, the dry and the wind.  We simply cannot get enough water to the plants, we do not have a reservoir, our source of water is insufficient to supply enough and our potential source, that we have not tapped into because we do not have it yet set up, is also insufficient.  It is possible that we could tap into the Grand River but we are concerned there with the water quality.  Our first potential source that we have not yet tapped into is the small creek running in the bottom of the valley beside us. We do need a lot of pipes and fittings and reservoirs and pumps and most importantly the time and money to get at it.  A method to store water beginning in the early spring is needed.  A whopping great irrigation pond might do the trick but again the expense of having one dug and then lined so as to retain water is quite a bit. Mulching the garden would go some way to retain what water we do get and improving the amount of organic material in the soil would also help greatly with water retention.  As it is now the sandy nature of our soil means that water retention is not good.  An earlier spring start would also go a long way to improving things but that is not always possible if the weather is not the best.  This is areal dilemma.  Meantime we’ll just water as much as we can.

massive blooms of our Yucca this year and they are very popular with the honey bees which are all around them. But the cannot be seen in the photo even if zoomed in.

Massive blooms on our Yucca this year and they are very popular with the honey bees which are all around them, though they cannot be seen in the photo even if you zoom in.

The garlic is very near ready to be harvested.  The plants are smaller on average than we'd expect because of insufficient water but we should have a good harvest of moderate to large sized bulbs.

The garlic is very near ready to be harvested. The plants are smaller on average than we’d expect because of insufficient water but we should have a good harvest of moderate to large sized bulbs.

Aerron out in the vine area. The little white sticks mark a change in what has been seeded in the row.

Aerron out in the vine area. The little white sticks mark a change in what has been seeded in the row.

Horses still have a bit of pasture left as do the cows, but that is rapidly running out because there is no regrowth on the earlier sections in the grazing rotation.  The pastures will likely need at least 6 weeks before they can be utilized for grazing again.

The chickens and ducks around and in the duck ponds

The chickens and ducks around and in the duck ponds

We will get by.  We always do.  But we should do better. Thanks very much for all the help out in the garden this week but I’ve lost track of everyone that came so I’ll just say thanks with out names.

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