July 25, 2016 FARM NEWS

The usual garden view after this mornings rain. The pile in the foreground is a plastic sheet covering the recently pulled garlic.

The usual garden view after this mornings rain. The pile in the foreground is a plastic sheet covering the recently pulled garlic.

The corn was knocked over by the wind but it will straighten itself up in a few days.  A bit of washout visible in the foreground.

The corn was knocked over by the wind but it will straighten itself up in a few days. A bit of washout visible in the foreground.

We did do a lot of watering as we have been doing the past long while.  The pump runs 12 to 15 hours per day some days, most days. We have planted 3 rows, each nearly 3/4 of the garden length, inlettuce but are pessimistic of this actually germinating.  Too hot, too dry, but we did water well so it was just too hot. We have now had a bit of a reprieve as around 6 this morning a thunderstorm went through and we had a very heavy rain for a brief while.  It seemed to be just under an inch of rain, maybe about 2 cm.  The rain was certainly welcomed and needed and it will help.  We now have the entire garden watered in less than an hour.  It came down to hard and there was a bit of washout.  Several large limbs from Manitoba Maple trees came down in the very brief but very strong wind.  A few things were picked up and scattered about but no damage done.

The chickens quickly took advantage of the downed Manitoba maple tree branches.

The chickens quickly took advantage of the downed Manitoba maple tree branches.

We have had help in the garden again this week.  Thank you to Jenn and Adam for clearing more of the broccoli from weeds.  On Wednesday we had a group of 16 and 17 year olds come out and help o pull up the garlic.  we gave them a bit of a garden tour and they spent nearly 3/4 of an hour with the horses.  This was good for the horses too, especially three year old Leucan.  They were 8 girls and boys and their co-ordinator from the YMCA SUMMER WORK STUDENT EXCHANGE PROGRAM.  Here is the link for more info on this program:         http://my.ymcagta.org/netcommunity/page.aspx?pid=541

This is supported financially by the Department of Canadian Heritage through Exchanges Canada.      This is paid summer employment, 6 weeks, for youth 16 and 17 years old.  The jobs are with non-profit public sector and community organizations.  These students came here from the Montreal area and are staying with families  who sent their families to their homes in Quebec.  They worked good they probably learned a little s this was new to them and it was fun and a good experience for us too.

The tomatoes are developing nicely too. should be a good year for them.

The tomatoes are developing nicely too. should be a good year for them.

The garden still grows sort of.  Some things have been doing well and other thing not so well due to the heat and not being able to get enough water to them.  If we can get more rain before the week is out we’ll be on our way to recovery from the drought.

A small but developing Broccoli

A small but developing Broccoli

Most of the heads of broccoli that are developing are not even quite so far a long as this one.  they do develop very quickly though.

Most of the heads of broccoli that are developing are not even quite so far a long as this one. they do develop very quickly though.

Broccoli is looking good, lots of kale growing very well, new seeding of lettuce mainly failed to catch and most of the seeds will have been lost. We’ll have to start again.  We are really delayed on so many things now.

The young chicks are growing really well. There is a Buff Brahma,  a Marans and the rest are Barred Rock.

The young chicks are growing really well. There is a Buff Brahma, a Marans and the rest are Barred Rock.

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