Our neighbor snapped this  shot as another quick and heavy downpour created a river through the  property
Our neighbor snapped this shot as another quick and heavy downpour created a river through the property
The rains and high humidity have the tomatoes and peppers growing strong and high
The rains and high humidity have the tomatoes and peppers growing strong and high

Just two short weeks ago, I made the comment to Mary that I wished we could just have a nice summer-time garden rain to really get the plants growing. I really need to be careful about what I wish for. Since then – we have had not one, not two, but about 12 straight days of “nice” garden rains!

It really hasn’t affected the garden at all to this point – the raised row beds really do a good job of shedding off excess rain and the tomatoes and peppers have really taken off with all of the moisture and humidity.

The farm and our long driveway however, have not fared as well. Both Friday and Saturday – we had afternoon rainfalls that dropped over an inch an hour. The progressive saturation of the soil has led to a daily river and small lake forming over the driveway with each hard rain.  It is certainly something down the road that we will have to address by adding some extra drain tile to help during heavy rains – but for now – maybe we can build a canoe out of some old barn wood and paddle away :).

The new chicks are growing up - and have fallen in love with having their picture taken.
The new chicks are growing up – and have fallen in love with having their picture taken.

The new chicks continue to grow and have begun to lay the first of their eggs!  They are now approaching 16 weeks old. Although they usually don’t begin to lay until around week 18 to 20 – a few of them are getting the hang of it early.  They really are enjoying the new coop and all of the room they have to roam – and we definitely think it has helped them grow and lay a little faster.

Fresh garlic pulled from the soil - now a few weeks to cure and it's ready to enjoy!
Fresh garlic pulled from the soil – now a few weeks to cure and it’s ready to enjoy!

And finally, one of our favorite times of the year  is about to begin – garlic harvest time! There is nothing like growing your own garlic – the taste and smell of it at harvest time is nothing short of sensational! Planting and harvesting garlic is a relatively easy process and in fact, will be the subject of this coming Tuesday’s Gardening Post.

In our own garlic patch – you could just begin to see the tops turning brown earlier in the week – a sign that it’s time to pull a few up to check for harvest readiness.  We turned over a few and it took only a few seconds to smell the familiar garlic scent wafting up through the soil.  It was time to harvest!

As soon as the monsoon season that seems to have enveloped the farm lets up and the beds dry out a little  – we’ll dig them all up and begin to cure them.  We hang them in the barn to dry for a few weeks where they are out of the sun and the elements.  By then, the first of the tomatoes and peppers should begin turning ripe – and it’s fresh salsa time!!!

Happy Gardening! – Mary and Jim

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