Sunday, July 26, 2009

wicked squall

We're getting battered this rainy season and I've had about enough. This morning one blew in so fast, it was like a mini-typhoon. Visibility was less than 100m. and about 20% of my corn got trashed. Noticed that most of the damaged plants were already weakened from insect damage to the stalk. Luckily was able to get a good many plants back up again. Too many setbacks this season.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

River ducks

Took the ducks down to the river behind the house. It is a 4 meter drop to get there by ladder. They and we had a great time, until it was time to go home however. It took us 2 hours to chase them down and catch them to carry them up the ladder. Thought it would be much easier, them wanting to go home. The ducks wanted no part of it and were thoroughly panicked. Prior to that however, we all had a great time in the pools. Looking forward to much more this summer, if only this rainy season would end. This year's rainy season is making up for last year's almost nonexistant one.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Mad River tubing

Tubing on the beautiful Mad River in Waitsfield, Vermont

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Jeezum Crow

Here's the first look at field #2 after 16 days untended during the height of the rainy season, as they say in Vermont , Jeezum Crow!

I did pull out 3 buckets of cukes, 1 bucket of lettuce, some basil and green beans. The corn is doing well and the potatoes are ready for harvest. The tomatoes will be ready in a week or two. There's a lot of veg hiding in the weeds there. Who cares what it looks like.

Field #1 looks very much like #2, but with less results. Was able to salvage about 10 small ears of corn, a couple of cukes and a handfull of green beans. Not bad for 20 hours of work, sniff, sniff, sob , sob. Next year will be concentrating on field #2 only, as it is just in front of the house. Will probably only maintain the borders of #1 to keep the neighbors happy. Much to much work for such little return (aside from the 100 pounds of potatoes that is!!!) Well it is all my fault for leaving it to the elements for 2 weeks. This seems to happen every year, haha.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Rainy season blues

Got my first look at the fields today after leaving them untended for 16 days. Well, ALL the corn in #1 is gone, between the threadworms and the crows, probably the crows did the most damage. The cukes and beans seem to be still there hiding amongst the weeds and cover crops. Didn't have a chance to walk the rows yet. Field #2 is looking better at least, except for the weeds, that is. Also no time to walk around yet. That's what happens when you leave your crops untended for long periods during the rainy season.