And today being Monday we look back on Sunday which was a gloriously sunny gardening day until the clouds rolled in and it rained buckets again.
So far this summer we have had torrential downpours every week. Sometimes two or three a week. There has been no chance to get another cut of hay in. And with all the wet the alfalfa field is turning yellow. So I have decided that I will get out the old hay mower today and attach it to the tractor and gently cut a line every day, fork it onto the truck and take it to the west side to feed the Bobbys over there.
The hay is not much good anymore – having grown way past its prime, losing protein and nutrients to its flowers but it will still be good feed.
But it kind of works out : the west side fields are flooded so it is best to bring the cows up to the barn, lock them off their own fields while the pasture recovers and hand feed them this failed hay field.
It is a lot of extra work but I cannot get a hay baler on this field, I don’t have days enough to dry it for baling anyway so I am going to feed it straight out. Get it off the field and start again.
My girl is still under the weather with a bad throat but I will push on until she is better.
Selling eggs, basil and lambs quarters this week.
I hope you have a lovely day.
Weather – a beautiful still clear morning – 67 right now. And a whole morning to work in my beautiful gardens before the rain comes.
Monday 07/03 40% / 0.07 in
Variable clouds with scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly during the afternoon hours. High 88F. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
Monday Night 07/03 20% / 0 in
Partly cloudy skies. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. Low 64F. Winds NE at 10 to 15 mph.
It all looks lush – I hope you get a good price for the herbs 🙂
It’s 4 a.m. here and I woke half an hour ago because it was too hot to sleep. Not a drop of rain in sight this month either. I wish I could share my day and borrow some of your rain. Sorry to hear your girl is under the weather. I hope she recovers soon.
Ok my comment disappeared on me 😦 Hope you have a good week. Laura
J > You’re certainly having a wet summer, so far!
Weather wise it has been an odd summer. Rain – lots of it. The rain is going to help your oak though if you can keep it standing. Hay will be high this winder I fear for all the fields that couldn’t be cut. Happy Monday!
Just loving the pics of your gardens! Do people buy the lambs quarter to put in salads?
Too bad for thr wxtra work but a way to use up what you have on hand. Our Canada Day celebrations in the Winnipeg area were dry but cool. Watching the fireworks at night, I was wishing I had put on a wintercoat! I hope the Bobbies are developing their market weight. Are they all going this fall?
So many challenges for you to face, one after another, after another…
That sky is spectacular! Enjoy your garden
The pictures are gorgeous. The sky spectacular. I am on love with your milkweed. Butterfly feast, right? So sorry about the hay…but love your constant, reinventing ingenuity. I’ll take a nice bunch of basil please! And some lamb as well. What lovely food you are making!
If my rabbits could, they would buy all your lambs quarters. I always give it to them when I find it growing around my yard. I never have eaten it myself though.
It is a delicious (even better; ) substitute for spinach and freezes very well: )
That photo of the herd in the foreground with the torrents of rain and darkness falling behind them is quite beautiful.
Storms over fields, small cows and smaller farm houses fenced around by bright wind turbines, even old wood fences seen close up — why are they so captivating here and not, as I have experienced them, from a car window ? It’s like living in two worlds. But what I really wonder is, does the artist see such things from her tractor, and if so how on earth could she ever get any work done? Perhaps there’s a second world for all of us, and maybe a third, . . .
Good luck with selling your produce. I think of you when I go to the farmer’s market.
Your basil is so beautiful!! Wow. I usually only plant a couple of plants and this year mine is having trouble with the heat then the rain that makes a sauna so my poor plants suffer even in the shade.
Using up the field as you need it sounds totally brilliant and I’ll wager you’ll get a boost of fallen seed for next year’s growth (from multiple sources; )
Sorry, but I’ve lost track… Do you have bees nearby to collect all of that Milkweed, White Dutch and Alfalfa nectar, Miss C?
And did I also see an Aster in bloom in one of these shots? SO far ahead of us here!!
It’s coming in dribs and drabs today… *sigh*
Are your tomato cages made out of cattle/page wire fencing? Another brilliant idea!: )
Yes – cattle panel held up with T posts – works well.. and no, no bees – I almost never see bees out here.. c
Has that always been so, or only since the advent of neonic-seed?
Hmm, was just thinking of your eating the pasture by feeding fresh-cut in another field instead… D’you think that perhaps this is where “Cutting your losses” originated?
Frickin’ auto-correct! I had written “‘saving’ the pasture”…
I hear ya! I often think that many old sayings are grounded in farming.. c
So sorry about the honey… how is Wai doing???????????
what happened with the honey?
I sent you an e-mail which said :
‘ I’ve struck a problem. The honey is all wrapped up in safety wrapping etc, but now I have discovered that I can’t send it.
Checking the regulations it says that: “Comb honey, royal jelly, bee bread, and propolis (if not intended to be fed to bees.” can enter the US, but not other forms of honey… what a blow……
Is it worth trying to send it anyway, or will the precious stuff just be binned at customs???
So sorry. Please tell Wai we tried, and if wishes were horses, etc etc…
If properly finished – by which I mean having been capped off by the bees – honey (and all honey, not just Manuka; ) is antibacterial, germicidal, antifungal, etc, etc… When kept dry, it will literally keep forever (still-sealed, perfectly edible comb was found in King Tut’s tomb: )
In spite of innumerable wood slivers, wire pokes and burns from hot melted wax while handling frames of honey during extraction (not to mention the stings of unimpressed bees defending their honey stores; ) there was never a sign of any of it remaining by the time extraction was finished.
While Manuka honey may indeed be more miraculous due to the healing power of the plant – I’ll wager it’s been used by the Native Peoples that way for millennia – but Natural Honey of all types carries the extraordinary powers of its source plants and is not to be discounted either. Miss C, if you can find a beekeeper nearby who sells Natural (non heat-treated) Honey, I am certain you’ll find it works wonders for healing your little warrior. Sorry for the run-on rant; but I’m sure you can tell it’s a bit of a passion; )
I will buy some basil!
Oh, those broody sky photos are a treat.
A day early as may not be on line tomorrow . . . . may you and family and dear friends have a wonderfully happy 4th – shall be thinking of you and lifting a glass to wish all well . . .
I wish you could send some of that rain to Cape Town.
Happy Fourth! Indeed you’ve had the brunt of all the heavy rains; we watch the weather inch up over the mid-west to Toronto, sometimes it hits us but most often it narrowly circumvents us. Having said that, we too have had a very wet spring and early summer. Can’t wait to see you later…now off to the gym to walk the treadmill (may as well do something positive with my sleeplessness!) XOXO
Those skies… so dramatic then clear, blue and bright ☺
I wish we had more open skies to see massive storms move in. We are surrounded by trees, so we do not see anything coming at us. You captured the beauty and wildness of the storm clouds. I hope you catch a break one of these days. Our weather has been quite agreeable this year… and I’m thankful for it!
good looking basil!~ Happy 4th!
I could sit and stare are your skies all day when storms roll in.