Things are progressing well now that we have had several recent rains. The ground has not really dried out that much and not any where near to cause any wilting even with the 30°C temperatures that we’ve had. For the month of August we had about 101 mm of rain. July was 45 mm, June 31 and May only 21. Since late May we had 29 days over 30C. A huge and much welcomed improvement this month.
Horses, cows, sheep and chickens all have much better pasture now, grass has grown rapidly. No one likes to eat hay during the summer. Some of the chickens are not laying so well. The Barred Plymouth Rock and the Rhode Island Red that we have are two older breeds that are not laying anything like they should be. We have gotten new pullets in and will likely replace the Barred Rock and RIR with new ISA pullets to get a better lay .
The vegetables are doing well though some did not recover well from the drought. The tomatoes have both early and late blight and are doing poorly as a result of that, even though otherwise the plants are growing well and their is plenty of fruit. The tomatoes were very slow to develop this year…
Sweet corn is developing well but we’ll really be concerned about raccoons getting in and ruining cobs. It is unlikely that we’ll be able to set up the electric fence deterrent but we” try. The reseeded veggies are doing well except for the lettuce for which again we had poor germination.