August 1, 2016 FARM NEWS

The usual garden view at about the late noon hour today. The pile just off centre is the garlic,  still there as in last week's photo of this same spot.

The usual garden view at about the late noon hour today. The pile just off centre is the garlic, still there as in last week’s photo of this same spot.

It has been keeping mostly hot the last while with a few cooler days and nights giving us some relief.  The rains were welcome though as usual we complain that there has not been enough. Weeds continue to grow however and we have kept very busy pulling those and feeding to the sheep and sometimes to the horses and the cows.  The garden veggies are looking a little better now from the rain but we’ll have to start watering again as soon as today.  We had but a very light sprinkling on Sunday, essentially nothing.  The ground is still dry in such places as under thick mulch where the rain did not last long enough to penetrate through layers of stems but was shed just as it is on a thatched roof.

On the left two rows of tomato and to their right six rows of Broccoli.

On the left two rows of tomato and to their right six rows of Broccoli.

The summer squash and to the right the sweet corn.

The summer squash and to the right the sweet corn.

Our laying hens are faring well though they do not have nice pasture because it has been so dry and it is  the same for the horses, cows and sheep.  The pastures are starting to grow back again and if we can get another rain it would keep them growing faster, but it will be a while.

The old horse Marie is looking a bit thin but she is in pretty good condition for a 28 year old Belgian

The old horse Marie is looking a bit thin but she is in pretty good condition for a 28 year old Belgian

We finished pulling the garlic from the ground this past week, and a thank you to Marc for very kindly helping us with that and with picking up mature broad beans from which most pods had opened, dumping the beans on to the ground. We cleared of weeds, the three beds where the garlic had been growing in preparation for replanting there.  That took a full three days to accomplish spread over the entire week.  Mostly just Aerron though occasionally two or three of us would be at it.  We have been going over the Tomatoes and Broccoli rows clearing them of weeds.  The broccolis are doing well and some, though they are smaller than we’d like, are now ready for harvest.  We should eventually get a good harvest of broccoli.  Some of the tomato varieties have a lot of fruit on them but except for two of those fruits they are all still green. Some varieties and these a will be later ones, have no fruits at all. Plenty of flowers though.  The sweet corn is now in need of thinning and cultivating and some needs a bit of compost worked in. The same for all the vines.

This is the ple of garlic, about 3oo heads, set aside for replanting for next season's harvest.  We'll have to get the beds prepared, and compost spread on then plant the garlic in September. Five to six inches apart in rows about a foot apart.

This is the ple of garlic, about 3oo heads, set aside for replanting for next season’s harvest. We’ll have to get the beds prepared, and compost spread on then plant the garlic in September. Five to six inches apart in rows about a foot apart.

The bed of lettuce, three rows, each about 200 feet long have failed to germinate much lettuce. Some is coming but they have been slow because of the heat and the lack of moisture.  They have enough moisture now and temperatures are a bit better being cooler so we may have some germinate yet.

The new planted 200 foot garlic bed. It was a poor catch though there are plants still germinating.  Too small to see in the photo but zooming in several tiny plants can be seen on the left.

The new planted 200 foot garlic bed. It was a poor catch though there are plants still germinating. Too small to see in the photo but zooming in several tiny plants can be seen on the left.

Much work to be done yet and lots of growing season left.

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2 Responses to August 1, 2016 FARM NEWS

  1. Robert Feagan says:

    Garlic — was under the impression that garlic was planted by using the mature seeds after the scapes flowered and dried… So. you use the garlic bulbs themselves?

    • devonacres says:

      Hi Rob; You can use the little seeds that grow and mature at the flower, the top of an uncut scape. These will be small the first season and will needed to be planted out agin and maybe even a third time before the garlic head, the part with the several cloves growing in the ground, will be a good size. But we do normally plant the individual cloves and they are planted, singly, individually after they are broken from the head, and the head will have from 4 to 7 or, in some varieties, many more cloves per head. The cloves are planted an inch or so deep in the ground and for best size space them about 5 or 6 inches apart in rows no closer than about a foot. Plant them in September and often before freeze up you’ll see the green shoots poking from the soil. Once the weather and the soil warms in the spring, they grow again and quickly. In July the leaves begin to dry and while there are still 2 or 3 or 4 leaves still green, most will have browned, then the garlic is pulled from the ground and hung to dry well, some 2 or 3 weeks, before the stems can be cut.

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