October 3, 2016 FARM NEWS

The usual weekly photo spot this afternoon.

The usual weekly photo spot this afternoon.

We have been getting far too much rain of late.  Thursday was of course a CSA pickup day and it rained just about the whole day which made things a bit difficult for us. Over the past 23 years of picking veggies, and for the first 17 or 18 of those years we picked only on Thursday, we have had rain less than half a dozen times and at that it was only brief and we simply waited it out.  Thursday was at least the fourth time this year that we got quite wet on a picking day and ironically this was likely the driest and hottest year that we have experienced. But now it has rained a bit each day for the past 11 days for an accumulated 1 day total of near 60 mm or more than 2 inches.  Certainly would have been very welcome in July and August.  As well from near the end of May to the 7th of September we had 32 days where the temperature was recorded at over 30° C.  Wonder what the next growing season will be like.

Lettuce to the left and the big green things are Chinese cabbage, Nappa cabbage, with a morning glory patch part the way down the row.

Lettuce to the left and the big green things are Chinese cabbage, Nappa cabbage, with a morning glory patch part the way down the row.

Komatsuna to the left, Mizuna down the centre and Upland Cress to the right.

Komatsuna to the left, Mizuna down the centre and Upland Cress to the right.

The yellow beans to the front and the green beans behind.

The yellow beans to the front and the green beans behind.

So the veggies are growing well.  We have a lot of greens; Arugula, Bok Choi, Tatsoi, Komatsuna, Mustard, Upland Cress, Lettuce, Rapini, Cabbage, Mizuna, and maybe something else.  There are a good number of Sweet Peppers ripening still but the plants are no longer producing.  The fall Turnips are growing well and hopefully we’ll have enough time for them to get a good size.  The green and yellow Beans are growing well but it is very late in the season for them and they have not flowered yet.  There is still some Sweet Corn and a small amount of Tomato and the Tomatillos are still producing though they are also not too liking of cool weather and short days.  We are unsure of the Potatoes.  They received no water at all during the summer except for the rain, which means of course they got no water.  We planted the potatoes at a good time but they were very slow, taking nearly three weeks to emerge and of course they grew slowly.

The cows grazing away in the back corner.

The cows grazing away in the back corner.

The horses, cows and sheep are doing well and they still have nicely growing pasture.  They should have pasture for at least another month, maybe until the end of November. The chickens are falling off their lay a bit.  The one lot were not getting the light on in the morning and we’ve now fixed that problem so maybe that will do the trick.  Chickens respond to day length and shorter daylight hours in the fall will trigger a hormonal response that slows or even terminates the laying of eggs.  They need to have about 16 hours of light and it does not have to be intense though I think that it should be bright enough for them to see their food.  Chickens cannot see at all well at night.

The new hens in and in front of the array of nesting boxes.

The new hens in and in front of the array of nesting boxes.

Cloudy today and a bit tomorrow then sunshine and relative warmth, low 20s for the week until Friday so that should be good for the vegetables as well as for all our four footed and feathered friends.

These mushrooms sprung up all together in an area where old hay had been composting for two years. these are one of those mushrooms called Death Angel because you can only eat them once.

These mushrooms sprung up all together in an area where old hay had been composting for two years. these are one of those mushrooms called Death Angel because you can only eat them once.

And more wild stuff. Three of the dozen or so turkeys just a few feet from the yurt this morning

And more wild stuff. Three of the dozen or so turkeys just a few feet from the yurt this morning

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