Thankfully, a brief thunder-storm and some much needed rain arrived last night around 10pm. Everything has looked so sad and brown without our usual, weekly rain fall.
I woke up this morning and brought the dogs out to the orchard area while I tended to the hens, ducks and sheep. Although they have a rather large fenced in “dog” area to call their own, they love to roam around the orchard and, when allowed, in the sheep pasture. So many new smells for them, since the bunnies, deer, wild turkeys and whoever else, pass through this area on their treks to and from our woods.
The grass felt marvelously cool on my sandaled feet after the rain, and there was a light mist dancing among the tree tops of the wood line. The sun was breaking through some of the remaining clouds, and everything glistened in the early morning light. Even though it still felt humid, there is something wonderful about an early summer morning after a rainfall.
Despite the lack of rain, the vegetable garden is doing quite well. The “three sisters” produced a bunch of pole beans (so many that I had to remove many of the plants because of the weight on the corn stalks), acorn squash (I just harvested 2, with plenty more in the vines) and even our corn is beginning to form cobs. The “Contender” green beans are beginning to flower for their second round.
The zucchini and cucumbers are in full swing, as our the delicious cherry tomatoes. I’ve already pulled the majority of the onions and shallots (which are now curing in the barn for 2-3 weeks), and the first planting of beets (roasted and frozen for later use). The zinnia, cosmos, borage, scarlet runner beans and nasturtium are all flowering beautifully as well, and fulfilling their purpose of adding a splash of color and attracting pollinators and beneficial insects. I’m even daring to hope that the Japanese beetles might be on the downswing.
The pumpkin patch, although a bit weedy, is doing well despite the early attack of squash beetles this year. I had planted 4 rows of different types of pumpkins. Two rows survived – I have no idea which types, so it’ll be a surprise. But the vines are loaded.
I had several “volunteer” sunflowers pop up throughout the patch thanks to the resident crow family. I had to remove most of them, but I left the large one you see above at the head of the patch. Nora says it looks like a scarecrow from a distance.