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