Welcoming Rain. Sorta.

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The rain we had Sunday night was needed and welcome.  After the crazy wet spring we’ve had it’s kind of hard to believe I’m welcoming rain so soon.

Fortunately the spring gardens are still cranking out food, even though the heat and long days mean that most of it is in danger of bolting. I’m pretty confident the lettuce will be history after this week.

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Monday’s CSA delivery included sensopai, broccoli, mizuna, collards, mustard greens, joi choi, red romaine and buttercrunch lettuce, as well as some garlic.  Here’s a shot of my work station.

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Although the rain was welcome, I was very sorry to see what the storm did to our sweet corn.  I don’t know if it will recover from this.  File it in the it’s-always-something category.

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This guy watched me for a while, from a distance.  He and his friends and family are like a sword of Damocles constantly hanging over our gardens.

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Hopefully they’ll continue to stay out of our gardens.

The 1 1/2 inches of rain we’ve had over the last 24 hours means I won’t start cutting hay today, as originally planned.  But there’s plenty to do in the gardens.  Once planted, they’ve mostly thrived in this weather.  Cherie remarked yesterday that the spring brassicas garden is the best looking garden we’ve ever had.

Finally, when I went out to shut the doors to the coops last night I discovered that the five missing refugees had returned, safe, sound and hungry.  So while I’m sorry we lost one to the hawk, I’m relieved that all the rest made it home safely.

Farm living.

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