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.
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.
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% .