hot hot hottt

I woke up at 6:30 on this beautiful morning – a good sleep in for me lately as we’ve upped our game and started work at the farm at 6 or 6:30 this week to avoid the heat. What a heat wave we’ve had – I think 3 weeks without any significant rain!

That said, we’ve laid out the irrigation pipes to help our drooping plants along. Irrigating is something I know about but for some reason haven’t considered using on the farm until now. I guess it’s not very common to have such a long dry spell and we can  get away without any major irrigation here in southern ontario, depending on what we grow.

a tiny bird bathing in our wash station puddle

The last couple weeks have been filled with wildflowers, swimming, and lots of food! Our third harvest week is finished; a few of our earlier crops like spinach, strawberries and garlic scapes are getting there, too. So far in the shares we’ve also had radishes, arugula, salad mix, strawberries, summer squash, cucumber, green onions, kohlrabi, cabbage, chard, lettuce heads, herbs, kale sweet turnips, fennel, beets, komatsuna, tat soi, pak choi, snap and snow peas. Our farmhouse fridges are stuffed with delicious produce!

one of our prepacked share boxes from this past week (even more stuff was put in after this!):

the roof of our wash station, with a banner made by one of our most active CSA members

The heat has been surprisingly more bearable than I thought. We’ve got a pool on the property and had a long lunch on thursday so we could swim. The lake is also a short 5 minute bike ride away, so that’s been a regular outing, and the creek down the road is good for wading and sitting in.

We had a great CRAFT day last week too. We travelled across town to Drumlin farm where we spent the day learning about companion planting and compost. Afterwards we snagged some friends from a few other farms to eat ice cream and play music in the park. This week for our education day, Jake and Sean each did a workshop for the group.

Jake and I siphoning some of his dandelion mead

Inoculating some of our maple logs with mushroom spawn for Sean’s workshop

This morning I’m off to pick some of our wild black raspberries!


About tino

I'm an aspiring organic farmer living in canada. I talk about farm life, things I'm learning, other relevant topics like feminism, social & environmental justice, nature, animals, vegan food, and fun.

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