;It is a busy time on the farm and in the market garden at this time of year. The weather warms up the days get longer (especially with daylight saving) and there seems to be so much to do. Much of this activity is focused in the garden. Today for example, we removed all the frost protection covers; weeded, weeded and then even more weeding; planted broccoli, leeks, lettuces and radicchio; pumped water from our neighbours tanks as he doesn't use it; and sprayed the entire garden with "eco oil and a touch of pyrethrum to keep the plague proportions of aphids in check. At this time of year when the weather warms up and it is very dry, aphids are a major problem. They build up very quickly across the garden and start causing damage before their is enough time for the beneficial insects to be attracted to the garden.
Apart from the garden activity, there is also a lot happening with the animals. There are the two geese sitting on eggs and the gander is alternating between forlorn, loneliness and the aggressive protector. Every so often there is a cacophony of alarm honks as a chooks or a duck wanders near the nest. Speaking of ducks, our three girls, have taken to wandering the street as the drains are still offering some nice green grass. Then of course there are the turkeys. They are growing rapidly and today we moved them to some new grass. Amid all this activity there was a long roar of sound as our bees swarmed. Just another interesting day on the farm.
A note of caution to end on. With the warm weather it is very tempting to plant out the summer vegies, tomatoes, peppers, pumpkin, beans and so on, but there is still some cold nights and frost around. On Saturday morning we had a light frost forming a thin layer of ice on the water bowls. While the temperature did not drop much below zero, it is enough to kill or severely damage summer plantings . Be patient, in our cold climate it is better to wait until November for summer planting.
Bronwyn Richards has cared for animals and has been growing vegetables successfully all her adult life. She is principle gardener for Wynlen House Farm