Sometimes, if I wake up during the night I can hear the coyotes singing. It’s a good sound, and comforting to know they are there. Coyotes are an important part of the farm, helping to keep the mouse & rabbit populations under control. In fact I wish we had more of them!
Already we are experiencing damage from the rabbits. The first planting of broccoli – meant for human consumption – was feasted upon shortly after being transplanted to the field (sorry CSA members & farmers’ market customers!).
We replanted & put a fence up around part of the field – the end at the railroad tracks where all the wildlife lives. A few nights later they hit the broccoli again. We better secured the fence but had no more seedlings to replant. Since then there has been no more damage. We’re keeping our fingers crossed!
Other than that, things are looking good on the farm. Everyday we are seeding or transplanting vegetables into the fields.
We continue to seed in the greenhouse as well and it seems to always be full, even though we’re bringing plants out to harden off & get used to being outside in the weather.
The temperatures overall are staying cool, so while the vegetables are growing well, they are also growing slowly. Our first plantings which have been in the ground for about a month remain quite small.
However the colours are amazing and it is a pleasure to watch them grow & develop.
Not just the rabbits causing damage!
May 18, 2016 at 8:08 pm
Thanks, Ron. There is such an art to farming and you are a master artist!
Keeping on growing (older too),