It’s a new day and the start of another week. The light is still soft and it whilst it feels coolish now, with 33 deg C forecast for today, it won’t feel cool for long.
The newly planted tomato seedlings are loving the warmer weather with fruit flowers already starting to show on each plant. The zucchini and okra are starting to sprout so it’s exciting to see the veggie beds come to life.
Looking around the farm, it amazes me how quickly the landscape can change once the weather warms up. Just a few weeks ago it was frosty mornings and acres of green from the heavy rains that we had: now the soil is drying, winter grasses are dying off and tinges of yellow are starting to show along the roads and across paddocks. Rain is forecast with the change this evening so it will give all the seeds bed a good soak: even though we drip irrigate and hand water the plants, they always seem to thrive from a good soaking of rain.
It was a big work weekend on the farm: planting, watering and building.
Over the last few months, my farmer has been working hard to install a sprinkler irrigation system in a large paddock that is destined for a crop of pumpkins, watermelons and rockmelons: thanks to the dams being filled by the winter rains, we now have enough water to use irrigation in this paddock. Saturday morning was the first test and apart from a leak in one pipe that had been cut by a tractor tine (now fixed), it works.
The hay that was cut recently will be baled this week so we spent Sunday putting up the corrugated metal sheets on the shed frame so that the hay that will soon be stored there, stays dry. Whilst the frame structure is new, we’re using reclaimed sheets of metal so it has a lovely mottled character and looks like it’s been there for years.
Sunday afternoon, with the irrigation system ready to go and the soil beds formed, we started the planting of seeds for the bottom quarter of the paddock. Our aim was to plant 9 beds by nightfall which equates to about 900 seeds however with the light fading at 8:30pm and some hand watering still to do and chickens to be put to bed we had to stop after 6 beds which was still a good effort. Hearing the sprinklers work as I finished my chores and smelling the damp soil brought back memories of hot summer days of when I was a child.
We currently have 3 little chicks in the hen house at the moment and for the first time this weekend they ventured outside with their mum, Bianca. More eggs have hatched however, sadly a few chicks have died shortly after being born. Gloria is still sitting on about 10 eggs so there should be more chicks being born soon. The little chicks stay close to their mum and love to sit on top of her during the day which is really cute to see.
Until next time, wishing you a day of love, laughter and happiness.
Joanna xo 🙂