We got about 36 rain drops yesterday, not enough to make a dent in our >6″ rainfall deficit this spring. After two years of droughty weather in a row, maybe it’s time to think about a backup irrigation system that consists of more than two watering cans. This dry weather has been tough on our early vegetables, with poor germination and struggling seedlings. Forecast is calling for a good soaking from Sunday into Tuesday – let’s hope that’s true. If we get some good rain soon, I think a lot of what is in the garden will recover quickly.
This Monday will be our last pickup at the Brigham Hill Community Barn, so get your meat orders in. We’ll be back to our normal pickup at the Potter Hill barn as soon as we have some vegetables ready for harvest. In the meantime, feel free to shoot me an email if you need something.
There is no pickup at the Community Barn on Monday (Memorial Day). If you’d like some sausages or other meats for your weekend BBQ, please send me an email and we can arrange for you to get what you need on Saturday or Sunday.
Things are in full swing at the farm. Plants and seeds are going in the ground. All tractors are up and running (for now) in spite of my best efforts at sabotage. The pigs have graduated from Stage II Electric Fence Boot Camp, and they have taken up residence down the hill under a big elm tree. Next week, we’ll start rotating them through 4 acres of pasture. The beef herd has grown by 1 (It’s A Boy!) – Lois and Abigail are both diligently attending to their babes. Lois more diligently than Abigail, as usual.
We do need some rain – we’re all dried up in all but the wettest spots in the wet fields. We’ve had “0% – 25%” of normal May rainfall. I’m guessing that’s closer to 0%. The seedlings are hanging in there, but it’s harder for them to ward off pests if they aren’t growing vigorously. Seeds are going in the ground, but germination is spotty so far. Funny how we went from drought (remember last summer?) to all of the snow in one month and then back to drought. Does look like some wet weather next week, but let’s hope it doesn’t get all monsoony around here.
I read a couple of thought-provoking short articles this morning – one about soil fertility from Gene Logsdon’s blog, and the second about farm-to-table from Harvest Public Media. Both recommended reading. In fact, you should read everything that Mr. Logsdon writes (or has written).
Don’t forget – get your deposits in for this year’s Pastured Pork CSA! This is going to be the best year yet, with a new feeder for 100% ad-lib feeding and 4x more pasture for the piggies. We depend on your deposits to keep things running until harvest time. Beef CSA details coming soon – it will look about the same as last year.