Rice and RainAugust 16, 2011
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We’ve had a good few days of soaking rain. It has kept us inside doing the necessary inside things like starting starts like broccoli, spinach, cabbage, kale, and Tatsoi and doing some planning for next year. This coming week we should have our high-tunnel going up which will be a great help to our slow tomatoes. They are ripening just taking their time and ours.
We got one more garden bed built this week which is exciting and helpful. The rain did put a bit of a damper on the construction of them since our soil will become cement if manipulated while wet. The pigs however do not stop in the rain and have been doing a marvelous job at turning the soil up for us. This picture is from about a month ago and they are a bit bigger than that now taking on more of a hog look and less of a piglet.
The Goats and chickens are also doing their jobs. We moved the chickens from following the pigs to following the goats and they seem to like that much better, although they seem to like being in the goat pen more than their own and I am constantly having to throw them back over to the other-side when I am trying to milk. The goats are doing a nice job devouring the woody material and are finding the better pasture of out front a bit more palatable than the stuff the pigs are still working on out back.
The rice is turning a lovely shade of golden brown and drooping to the weight of the seeds. I tried one of them today, they are amazingly hard, similar to putting a small rock in your mouth, but once you get into it it softens up and is easier to chew, not much of a taste but an exciting mouthful.
That’s all for now enjoy the sun and the rain!