We are thankful for the continued rainfall, filling the plants & soil with water as they become beautiful plants in this fast growing period.
We painted the kid’s garden house with paint to protect it from rainn help it last a bit longer & freshen up the colors. Thanks Dan & Anémie for the beautiful work!
We started the breakdown of the retired stove/oven in the workshop.
We continue the renovations in the veranda/kitchen/bathroom house.
We continue to prune back the vines & watch the grapes slowly take shape.
We pruned & trellised the cucumbers, melons, & tomatoes.
We moved the ducklings into the greenhouse to enjoy all the free food that is abundant there (salad going to seed, seeds in the hay laying in the paths, & weeds between the fast growing beans & cucumbers, oh and slugs!).
We then moved the chicken that is brooding (again!) to a place where her eggs & chicks will be safe. As we moved her, we realized she was sitting on no less than 24 eggs (we were wondering where they were…). We imagine other chickens laying eggs on the same place & the mother enjoying the numbers increase! So many chicks would unfortunately be inconvenient for us as the population is at a stable place in the coop & food forest so we took 6 of the warmest eggs & placed it with her in her new home. Good luck mama chicken!
We watered the closed tunnels (drip system for the melons because the onions & carrots on the sides don’t need so much, & flooding the tomato tunnel with aubergines & peppers on the sides, & flooding the cucumber tunnel as well for the peppers on the sides.
We continue to stabilize the population of Colorado beetles on the potatoes. Interesting to note that at the Hei where there are many more trees and birds, the population is much more reduced. Natural pesticides are sure handy.
We weeded between the parsnip lines at the Hei.
We weeded between the corn & pumpkins at the Hei, also. Noticing how fast they grow & cover the soil, the weeding is becoming less & less.
We worked on the irrigation system between the main house & veranda.
We seeded salad in some empty spots at the Hei to continue the possibility to harvest fresh greens later in the season.
We trellised up the gherkins & melons in the greenhouse.
We put up a structure of repurposed excess metal carts for the runner beans at the Hei. We had thought they were low beans, but t turns out they’d rather be high beans! We take note to take extra care to properly sort & label our seeds to avoid confusion.
We were visited by the refreshing initiative De Beek who come & harvest veggies here & cook with them for free donation in Antwerp. We harvested courgettes, early potatoes, carrots beetroot, salad, edible flowers, berries, rhubarb, Swiss chard, & much more fresh greens that can be found around the farm. Thank you De Beek for the breath of fresh air & fun harvest!