Allow me to introduce you to a friend of mine, and in particular her gardening blog….follow this link to Marlene’s page…Fresh Food Garden!

Now let’s get down to the nitty gritty!

GARDENING

What gardening? It’s been raining, raining, and raining again. Each month we set a new all-time record for wetness.  Let me give you a couple facts which should tell you how dreary this winter has been.

Since October 1, over six months, we’ve had exactly three days that qualify as mild, meaning sunny and above fifty.

Since October 1, over six months, we have had a grand total of eight sunny days.  Eight!

Since October 1, it has rained 87% of the time.

My grandfather would say it feels like a cow pissing on a flat rock . . . all the time…there is no drying out.

So we finally had a dry day last Saturday, and I went out, squinted against the glare, and decided to use that day to turn over the soil and get the garden ready.

Wrong!

The ground is saturated.  The ground is clumpy.  The ground needs to dry out.

So now there is a sheet of plastic over the garden area, and hopefully in a week things will be better.

IN THE MEANTIME

In the meantime I started seeds in the greenhouse, so all is not lost.

In the meantime, a part of the garden is being cultivated by the chickens. All eight of them are out there right now digging and scratching and doing all kinds of good things.

And in the meantime, I have more than enough other things to do . . . like quail!

QUAIL

All the babies have been born.  Add them to the adults and we now have over 200 of our little birdy friends, and any day now I expect to see some eggs. They better hurry because the farmers markets begin May 3rd.  I’m in the process now of selling males since they are fairly worthless for our needs….just like most males, right ladies?

PULLETS

In the meantime, the 43 chicks we raised are now almost pullets, so we will be selling those in the next few weeks.  They were finally moved out of the garage and into the aviary/greenhouse.  The final step in the process will be to turn off the heat lamps and acclimate them to the outside temperatures, which we are doing now.  After that we can safely sell them.

Did you know that the eyes of a chicken are independent of each other? One eye searches for food while the other searches for predators.  Fascinating birds, chickens!

TEACHING A WORM CLASS

This afternoon, as a matter of fact, I’m going to be teaching a “How To Raise Worms” class to fourteen teenagers who are spending a week on a nearby farm.  Should be fun, a way for me to return to teaching without having to grade papers, and a way for the teenagers to learn about urban farming and making compost.

And I just had an order for four jars of worm tea at $5 per jar….I love little payments coming in from different directions.   I need to mix up a new batch of worm tea and also rabbit tea and sell those as well.

AND BEV

And my wife is busier than a one-armed paperhanger with crabs, as my dad used to say. She is ultra-busy as the new manager of the Tumwater Farmers Market, and she also works at the local urban farm and garden center.

It’s going to be a busy season!

Bill

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8 thoughts on “Battling Rain and Time

  1. Sodden ground now and a warmer weather in next few days are set for you my friend, to catch up in gardening in a miraculously short time, that next we will read more of practical/ fast gardening in progress. It amazes me your ‘in the meantime’ work managing. So practical as going over the pages of a coloring book.

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    1. Michael my friend, idle hands are the devil’s workshop, or something like that. LOL You know I always have a “in the meantime” waiting. Far too many projects, but I love them all and it feels good to be productive.

      blessings always

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  2. And I thought we had a wet climate here in Ireland!! We have certainly had more dry days but here is a damp cold climate as temps never too hot as a rule. Your new life on the farm is certainly expanding nicely and good luck with your talk to the students, a wonderful idea. Night classes in the shape of a course would be excellent for you to give Bill. Have a great weekend, hopefully some dry days included xxxxx

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  3. Hey, Irish, how ya doing, from soggy Olympia?

    We do have warmer summers as a general rule, but we have to wait until June to appreciate any of it. Today they say high winds, thunderstorms, and solid rain. Joy to the world!

    Thank you my friend! It was fun teaching those kids…will surely do more of it this summer.

    Give my best to the Mickster, and hugs to you.

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  4. Will do, Zulma! It was fun teaching again…more planned for this summer.

    Have a great weekend!…hey, I keep meaning to ask you…where does the name Zulma come from?

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    1. Good question. Let me Google that.

      Right, it’s Arabic in origin and used mainly in Spanish. That makes sense considering how long the Moors were settled in Spain, The name means ‘healthy, reliable woman’. It is uncommon as a girl’s name and is not in the Top 1000 baby names.

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