The start of a new month and we’re wondering how the summer managed to pass so quickly! This week Jeroen has been working on replacing a friend’s roof, and here at the farm we’ve been caught up in a frenzy of harvesting and preserving our bounty.
Left to right, top to bottom:
1) Yellow cherry tomatoes growing wild in the compost heap. I got the original seed from a salad at a party years ago, and we’ve never deliberately planted them since!
2) Courgette and pumpkin plants taking advantage of the nutrients and damp exiting the bottom of the animal shed.
3) An unexpected drop in egg production this week, wish we knew why.
4) Onion tops drying in the sun. They’re great for winter soups and casseroles, and this way we can get two products per crop instead of one. Our onions are stored in crates instead of being braided.
5) Praying mantis monitoring the dehydration process!
6) It’s not all work! Playing a Finish skittles type game.
7) Goats enjoying the extra bounty that all this harvesting is creating.
8) Monster beet
9) And the rabbits making short work of it!
10) All this harvesting is clearing great swathes of the veg garden, although they won’t be empty for long. This patch contained onions and beet.
11) Boaz at work
12) Keeping on top of the weeds in the beans.
Not ideal weather for replacing a roof, far too hot! Sadly parts of it were in pretty poor condition and it was starting to leak. Many of the beams have been reused, which keeps material costs down but requires many more manhours.