September 19, 2016 FARM NEWS

the usual garden view this morning. a big difference from two weeks ago.

the usual garden view this morning. a big difference from two weeks ago.

The weather has been quite favourable for us this past week.  We have had some good warm, even hot days, and lots of moisture with 19.9 mm of rain on Saturday and an additional 0.9 mm on the Wednesday prior.  Saturday’s rain would have been perfect for mid-July.

The large bushy plants are the Korean Mint and next to them are coming towards us are a row of Chinese Cabbage, the Bok Choi, Cabbage and the Rapini.

The large bushy plants are the Korean Mint and next to them are coming towards us are a row of Chinese Cabbage, the Bok Choi, Cabbage and the Rapini.

We are about finished seeding things into the garden with the exception of planting garlic cloves and some onions for overwintering.  Almost all of the newly seeded vegetables are germinated and growing well and some of the earliest of the late summer seedings are being harvested; arugula, bok choi and rapini being gathered last week as thinnings for CSA pick up.  We have made only a small dent in the rows.

The rows from the left are three of Asian Greens including Mizuna, Tatsoi and Cress, two rows of Beanswith the mound of Morning glory in front and Gladiola to the right.

The rows from the left are three of Asian Greens including Mizuna, Tatsoi and Cress, two rows of Beanswith the mound of Morning glory in front and Gladiola to the right.

The hens with the white feathers laced brown are I believe, th lohman breed and the more brown hens are ISA

The hens with the white feathers laced brown are I believe, th lohman breed and the more brown hens are ISA

On Saturday we bought some pullets, which are young hen chickens just coming into lay, from Pullets Plus near Elmira.  Most were the ISA/Lohman  brown egg layers but we also got 10 Leghorns which are a white egg layer. On Sunday the leghorns still had not laid an egg but the ISA/L were laying at a 92.5 % lay rate, which is excellent. This morning we have at 8:30 a single Leghorn egg.  We needed to get these hens as replacements for the Barred Rock and the Rhode Island Red hens which were have not laid very well and are currently laying at under 50% .

The New Leghorns keeping to themselves.

The New Leghorns keeping to themselves.

the Barred Roick and Rhode Island Reds, the old flock and there are 7 Marans with them somewhere

the Barred Roick and Rhode Island Reds, the old flock and there are 7 Marans with them somewhere

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2 Responses to September 19, 2016 FARM NEWS

  1. Robert Feagan says:

    “were laying at a 92.5 % lay rate” — wow, a farmer ‘outstanding in his field’ with his calculator

  2. devonacres says:

    naw. I was sitting at the dining room table with pen and paper.

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