We are paying attention to the soils and the way different areas handle rain or dry. There is a surprising amount of variation on this farm. The chicks are turning into teenagers and the hens are cutting them loose! Well except one hen who now seems to care for all of them!
Auntie Turkey still watches out for her 6 chicks and if you see her you can be sure the chicks are close by.
Some of our experimental plants are turning out to be most interesting. The Litchi Tomato for one. The literature said it had thorns....its like the hawthorn of the tomato world!
They are stocky, sturdy plants and are supposed to reach 5 feet in height, they are setting lots of tomatoes, no ripe ones yet. They are supposed to be like a cross between cherries and tomatoes.
I have been processing apples, the Three Stooges, Blackback, Spike and Trainwreck are a big help! They took shelter with me during a heavy rain and it was like farmers at the feed store, they did discuss the weather!
Our crazy corn selection is doing well despite the wind blowing it around. One day it leans south, the next north, it is quite straight between storms and some is well over 6 feet tall. The Country Gentleman and the Oaxacan Green have two and the odd one three, cobs per stalk.
The herb garden is a joy, I have to say it is such a convenience to go out and get fresh herbs to cook with, that is when I can get into the garden without sinking in the mud! One of the turkey hens was up to her dainty little ankle's in it the other day and made us laugh when she came out with mud up her legs then she looked at her feet!
July 2nd, Herb Garden.
The basil's are tasty additions, so far I find the best and least bolting to be the Lettuce Leaf basil, the Sweet Genovese and the Spicy Bush. I love the Sweet Genovese but the Lettuce Leaf comes in a close second. The Thai Basil, Lime and Cinnamon basil's went to seed so fast in the heat it was frustrating.
July 6th, Herb Garden.
Of course it wouldn't be right to have a post without chick pics! They are dong so well and are out and about the second we open the door in the morning. They forage for bugs and are not a bit shy about being around us, not as tame as the originals that were hatchery chicks but quite friendly but more independent. The hens raised them that way and they never spent any time penned, not one pecking incident or pasty butt! It is an enjoyable way to watch chicks. Now we can tell the crosses.
The Buff X Australorpes are quite lovely and have more of the Buff disposition. The Buckeye X Australorpes are quite the individualists and are an interesting color, mostly black with very deep mahogany tints if the sun is right. They have Black combs. They are also very hard to get photos of!
A Buff X Australorp pullet.
The Buff hen who baby sits the chicks. This is the every day ritual preen on the steps of the deck, it is like they wear watches because it is within minutes of 8:40 each morning!
Now I have to get the Apple Butter canned and another batch of apples in the dehydrator. Apple pie filling is on the too do list and I think we will have an apple salad for lunch!
The rain is coming in again so we are catching up on house work and shop projects but the gardens are going to be jungles if it doesn't ease up soon. It is the most frustrating thing, some people are struggling with too dry and we have water to share. The way growing things has been for eternity!
God Bless you all and stay safe!