Sadly, what that means for us on the farm is that we're still trying to do all of the Spring stuff in peak of Summer weather. It's hard on the plants, the poultry, the farm supervisors (the cats) and the farmers. But, this is the hand we are dealt right now, so we'll work with it.
We'll start by giving you a farm report with pictures that were taken about a week ago. Where are the newer pictures? Well, we haven't taken them because every picture I try to take is dotted with all of the blackflies (aka buffalo gnats) that like to swarm me when I am outside right now. Ok, the real reason? I don't WANT to take pictures when I am surrounded by those irritating (and painful) critters. I've tried a couple of times and gave it up for a bad job.
|A little field cleanup left, but mostly done.|
|Garlic IS looking good.|
Well, we are trying a little experiment this year (who us?). Two of the three beds had a light layer of compost applied just after planting and before laying the straw mulch (in November). The third did not get the compost. We are seeding a visible difference in plant health. We're more interested in head size at harvest, but healthier plants are likely the right direction. So, we'll keep you posted.
|The nuggets' home for the next month or so.|
The boyus/nuggets are not particularly fond of the heat, nor do they care for the gnats. So far, we have not lost any birds to the gnats. However, some of you might remember a few years ago we lost a significant number of ducks to them. We're moving the building as often as we are able (about every other day) and we keep them hydrated and we move things to optimize the breeze when we can. They aren't the fastest growing bunch we've ever had, but they do seem to be pretty healthy despite the current issues.
|Apple blossom festival at the farm?|
While we don't want to count our apples before we harvest them, I think it is safe to say that this was about as good as it could get on our farm for a good pollination scenario. We'd really like a good apple year on the farm. And, we wouldn't say no to pears, plums and apricots.
Uh uhhhh! Not doing that anymore. Every time we utter those words, we regret it. When trays go out to the cold frame area, fence goes up. So there.
|Preparations for Eden's move.|
I had intended to have someone record the move with pictures, but we got so busy just moving the darned thing. Well, you get the idea. In any event, the basic idea is that we have to undo all of the anchors, lift up the flaps on the end walls, take off the doors, take out the T-posts on the end walls, clean off the track and put any of the wheels back on the track that may have come off during wind events. Once all of that is done, we use rope and hook up the tractor to help move it.
Once moved.... redo everything you undid before you moved the high tunnel... in reverse order. Of course.
|The grass be outdoing our peas.|