Hope everyone had a lovely holiday weekend. Of course, many weren’t so lucky this weekend. Our family wishes to extend our thoughts and prayers to all those affected by the devastating droughts and deadly fires in Texas. Praying for rain for ya’ll.
Except for the last few days in August, it was a relatively cool month. It is quite unusual, if you ask me, to wake up and have to put on a sweater before heading out to chicken/duck house in the morning. Since it’s summer and all of the windows are open in the bedrooms, we had to keep a light blanket nearby because it got a bit “chilly” in the evenings/mornings. Hey, it’s Southern California and any temp below 70 degrees is “cold”!
On the garden front, the battle over pest and disease continues. Summer brings a whole new crop of garden problems. With the cool mornings, the mildew exploded overnight on the squash and cucumbers. Plus, we still have issues with leafminers, thrips, and spider mites …. and with the recent hot weather, more than a few bagrada bugs dined on the lovely salad greens. Some of the green beds were just too damaged and we raised the white flag and just tilled them back into the ground.
The guys have spent the better part of two weeks taking down the massive compost (4′ x 5′ x 8′) pile in the northwest corner of the yard and sifting the soil and adding it to the raised beds. And they aren’t done yet! Here on micro farm, it’s not just about growing food but soil, too. The daily question around here is where to put all of that compost. It’s a good “problem” to have. Talk about “moving up in the world,’ we already are 1.5 feet higher than our next door neighbor – and still counting!
The food preservation slowed a bit, canned 1/2 of what we did in July but am expecting September to make up for it since the peppers, tomatoes and eggplant all seem to be ripening a little later than normal.
The chickens are molting and are looking rather pathetic but this molt doesn’t seem as “hard” as some others. Of course, molting stresses out the ladies (I think chickens are vain. Seriously, they take to hiding because of their “bad feather” day! ) so egg production went down. Molting season is good time for us to “DE” the compound with Diatomaceous earth. Helps with parasites and mites (not that our girls have any but it’s good preventative measure ).
With all the recent tremors and natural (and man made) disasters happening around the globe, this summer, we figured it was a good time to organize our survival supplies. Growing up in the 1990’s we did a bunch of home studies on wild foods, survival and emergency skills. My passion was herbs so I did a lot of research on growing our own pharmacy. I’ll write more about our emergency preparedness (or lack thereof) later on.
But first, here’s our latest tally!
August Harvest Tally
740 lbs Produce (fruits, vegetables, herbs)
Eggs 122 (Duck) 43 (Chicken)
75 Jars “Put Up”
2011 Year to Date
3,381lbs Produce (fruits, vegetables, herbs)
Eggs 856 (Duck) 415 (Chicken)
405 Jars “Put Up
How was your Summer?