Saturday, July 16, 2011

Summer is half over!!!

  Well, July 4th has come and gone.  I'm still working feverishly to get everything planted before it is too late.  I recently purchased a small tractor to help me around the farm.  I also bought a 600 gallon water tank to increase my storage capacity (above).  It will hold rainwater that falls on my roof.  That brings my total capacity to about 1000 gallons - a far cry from last summer's 110 gallons.
  While May was hot and relatively dry, June and the first half of July have been cool and fairly wet.  Even with about 2.5 inches of rain falling in four days about a week ago, my grapevines still look relatively free of disease - even Valiant.  About the 8th of July, our first flower cluster ever to bloom opened up.  It was on a Golubok vine (above).  I am watching two other varieties that have flower clusters, as well - Garanoir and Sipaska.
  Our resident mother moose has been around the farm already and munched on a few plants.  I need to get a fence up this weekend or she'll have an all out feast.
  I should be able to start selling produce at Murphy Dome Rd. and Jennifer Dr. within the next two weeks.  I will have radishes, lettuce, spinach, and zucchini in small quantities.  Hours will likely be 5pm to 7:30pm Friday evenings.