September 5, 2016 FARM NEWS

The usual Monday morning view of the garden

The usual Monday morning view of the garden

The morning glory looks glorious as does the arugula bed just beyond it next to the kale. The spindly kale was harvested of the lower leaves on Thursday.

The morning glory looks glorious as does the arugula bed just beyond it next to the kale. The spindly kale was harvested of the lower leaves on Thursday.

All is going along quite well.  Another very light rain shower and though we are not any where near desperate dry we could do with another good soaking soon. We have several new seedings that are up and growing well and more that are still to germinate. We have been watering these to give them that extra boost needed for their best growth … a steady supply of moisture.

Yellow and green beans are doing very nicely and if the weather stays good we'll get a harvest.

Yellow and green beans are doing very nicely and if the weather stays good we’ll get a harvest.

Chinese cabbage with to the right Bok Choi, then cabbage

Chinese cabbage with to the right Bok Choi, then cabbage

We gave the lawn a cut again for only the second time this year.  Likely the last time but maybe, if the rain comes regularly and it stays warm, we’ll have to cut the grass for a third time.

Newly cut lawn and we'll use the clipping on the garden as mulch.

Newly cut lawn and we’ll use the clipping on the garden as mulch.

Another two Barred Rock chickens have died unexpectedly.  We have had a lot of the Barred Rock die since last fall but not the other breeds or the ducks.  They are also poor egg layers.  This must be a bad line as the Barred rock breed once was an excellent layer and a hardy breed.  We’ll replace these with ready to lay ISA pullets from Pullets Plus in Elmira.

A Maran's rooster with his harem.

A Maran’s rooster with his harem.

The rest of the zoo is fine.  Horses, cows and sheep all doing well on good pasture once more as are ducks and chickens other than Barred Rock.  It was surprising just how quickly the grasses grew back after the long drought.

The old horse Marie, still a bit thin but seeming otherwise to be in good shape.

The old horse Marie, still a bit thin but seeming otherwise to be in good shape.

Our sweet corn recovered very well too even the small patch that had looked quite shriveled.  It is more thickly planted than recommended as we did not get in to thin it but it seems to be doing well regardless.  Similarly we are pleased with nearly all the vegetables and with the newly seeded lot. The notable exception is the broccoli which was badly affected by the drought.  It continues to produce but many of those plants that came to maturity before the rain s returned are in poor shape and not producing side shoots as they should.

The Chinese cabbage in the centre is looking very good.

The Chinese cabbage in the centre is looking very good.

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