July 31, 2017 FARM NEWS

The usual garden view this morning with some progress evident.

The garden view on July 24

This is the July 31 blog but a week later I discover that it was not published as I thought it was last week.  So I shall try once more to publish this blog before I start this weeks blog:

I am pretty sure that last week was the first week since doing this weekly post that I did not have a blog or photo or anything posted.  We were really pressed for time last week, a lot seemed to be happening and when trying to do this blog I could not get access to my website for more than 24 hours and by that time there was no time, to do the blog.

The barn floor half filled with the 4 X 5 bales of oat hay. Good stuff.

So we’ll try again this week. So far so good !!

Some of the chicks that we acquired as day olds on the 28th of April. They can hardly be called chicks now. they should start laying eggs in about two months, the beginning week of October though we expect few eggs until November.

The whole day Monday was taken up, from about 10 in the morning on, with getting hay into the barn and we finished up around 8.  We had 79 of the large round bales delivered and we got over 40 tucked in the barn with the remainder in long rows just outside. The outside bales will be covered with a plastic sheet to keep the rain and snow off them. we’ll need a few more to be able to see us through the winter.  We transplanted about a half of the third lot of lettuces and are well started on getting leaf mulch and straw down on them. Lettuce is not at all keen on hot weather so a thick layer of straw mulch should help the lettuce do well. Straw mulch helps reduce the numbers of weeds and grasses that will germinate, helps retain moisture, shields from the sun thus somewhat reducing soil temperature, provides a nice shelter and a bit of food for insects and microbes and in the end is really great at building soil structure and fertility for the next season.

The cattle herd photographed near two weeks ago. They were quite happy to be on this pasture which had no animals on it until then.

We have several different varieties and this black and white one is a Silver Laced Wyandotte.

This Blue Indian Runner duck illustrates the typical very upright stance of these ducks with the contrasting stance shown by the Cayuga drake just behind her. the two white birds behind are Leghorn chickens, hens.

Last week was also the week we finished planting the potatoes. The first planting is almost ready for harvest. We took advantage of the short dry spell to do a lot of weeding and hoeing, usually and mostly with the wheeled hoe, which is easier and so very much faster and it actually does a much better job at getting the weeds

The sheep flock out eating the horse pasture and wrecking the fences too.



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