On the Farm,
Saturday, August 2

Posted by in Gardening, Harvest, On the Farm

In the winter the sun sets to  the south of us behind a tree line so in the summer I try to make sure I don't miss them and make a point to go out each day to watch them (usually with Virginia)

In the winter the sun sets behind a tree line that is the border of our property making it hard to see so in the summer I try to make sure I don’t miss them (usually with Virginia)

The word for today is water

Today June Bug and I worked to dig a trench into the center of the garden beds – primarily for drip irrigation. Naturally things don’t always go as planned and I managed to hit a water line for the outdoor faucets. This actually was an accidental good thing as it allowed us to run a new line specifically for a garden hose in addition to the line for the drop irrigation.

As I mentioned in previous posts the ‘soil’ here is very much a hodgepodge of sand and clay – sometimes you get lucky and you get the sand … but in the garden it has been established that if there is to be backbreaking work here this is where its at. How scriptural…

Genesis 3:17-19

17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;

18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;

19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

It took us a good part of the day to dig a 50’ish trench mostly me with a pick axe and June Bug following behind with a shovel. This is tough work for either party the axe gets heavy in a hurry and the shovel is not really ‘digging’ as much as it is sifting the largest clumps.

This Collins Axe is by far one of the most durable tools I have ever owned. No bells no whistles just brute. I've used it for literally hundreds of hours much of it on near solid clay.

This Collins Axe is by far one of the most durable tools I have ever owned. No bells no whistles just brute. I’ve used it for literally hundreds of hours much of it on near solid clay.

We were able to make good progress and at least got the line run for the garden hose. Naturally we’re missing a few critical parts so will have to pick them up when we go to town tomorrow. I doubt we’ll get this project complete tomorrow as we have other priorities. We are getting near desperate for rain. The grass is getting crunchy. As I write this there is some thunder outside so some fingers crossed though on the radar it doesn’t look like much.

Bees

The bees really seem to be picking up on wax production right now. It was fairly slow in July and so I decided to feed a couple hives that don’t have supers just to give them a little boost for building wax hoping more drawn wax is more food storage is less having to feed come winter.

My first foundationless hive also has had some good growth in terms of drawn frames so I’m going to leave them ‘bee’ 🙂

Goats

Fixed the stanchion

Harvest

1 Egg – still the heat is just killing production
1 Cherry tomato – I happened to walk past a plant on the front porch and found a tomato
3 Bell Peppers