Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Greens and beans

It's already nearing the end of August and it's been rainy and humid at the farm. The monthly Growers and Friends potluck meant some great eats and although it was rainy day, we filled the kitchen with folks. Thanks to all who made it out and brought a dish! (Message me if you forgot your umbrella)

We've added another Jersey to our cow family; Georgia was already named and fits right in with Virginia and Baby. Pita is growing leggier by the day.

 Things have been sparse with the heat of mid-summer as far as veggies go and I'll be honest, it's a little nerve-wracking. Emily, the first official Wee intern, has arrived and settled in and we've gone to work on the garden (that's her below seeding root veggies). Weeds are flying and the beds are getting loaded with finished compost from the farm for the fall planting. Carrots, radishes, turnips, beets are in, as well as greens and beans and a few others in smaller quantities.

Don't let the laying down fool you!

The last batch of new chicks is feathering out and enjoying the garden, and another clutch of eggs is waiting to hatch (fingers crossed) to replace them when they outgrow their chicken tractor.

I give my chicks un-medicated feed. The protozoa, coccidia, which the medication is aimed at, has resistant strains just like any virus, bacteria, etc. I naturally have less disease and illness problems in my flock than say, a factory chicken farm, due to free-ranging and moving coops, since most "things" are transmitted through droppings. I'm sure there are people who would disagree with me, but knock on wood, I'm hoping my birds won't need medicines.

We're tossing around the plan of rotating the garden into the back pasture next season. I'd have to fence off my growing space, get it cleared by animals for the fertilizer, then cover crop to be ready for tilling and planting early next spring. The organic way is to rotate crop families as well as rotating cover crop or allowing a piece of land to go fallow for a turn. The garden has been in the same place for four years, and the pests alone are enough to warrant switching ground, not to mention fertility and the established weed and ant colonies. Continuing to grow in the same space is just a common sense no-no.

These shopping totes I've made from re-purposed fabrics are available at market.

Clearing out and pruning blueberry time.


Raja's gettin' messy (he's for sale-RIR)

Neighborhood Watch

Wyandotte and a Brown Leghorn rooster (two of those guys for sale)

Afternoon snack

Re-braced and newly shelved oven; Emily has plans to revive the earth-oven bread to sell.