Le forage... x jours plus tard. Stoppé à -50m après deux casses. Finalement l'eau ne viendra pas d'ici. On ne force pas et on voit la bonne nouvelle. Cela tombe bien, changer d'emplacement permet de libérer un accès à l'arrière de la serre. Nouvelle tentative bientôt ! On y croit !
Did we put in Brussels sprouts a couple weeks earlier than usual with high hopes of success? Maybe. Maybe we did that.
But we’re not fretting. We hired our #tuxedocat Charlie to watch over them. She has been trained to meticulously pick off and eat harlequin beetles. In fact, there is a new post up on our #blog (link in profile) about this... Okay, maybe it’s actually about the difficulties of, but necessity in, transitioning our farm to #notill . But that’s basically the same thing as training a cat to eat pests, right? #totally#linkinprofile
Just Summer things.... As we near Lammas, the sweltering dog days holding us down, in some ways we like and in some we do not, I keep wiping the sweat from my brow to admire all the first fruits of the harvest. There is always something to eat coming up out of the Earth, but right now squash, beans, first tomatoes, kale, broccoli, all the wild foods....it's amazing.
When I feel that strange darkness that always creeps in around my birthday, I just remind myself to look around at the incredible harvests available, if I'll only make time to go and pick them....
Our eldest little love Juno is earning her keep these school holidays. The younger two are constantly squabbling and producing a load of washing each every day... This #mumboss life can certainly be testing. Luckily they are damned cute still (and also bribable with screen time, ice cream and mandarins)
I’d say we’re all pretty proud of the work we get done week to week, even if the list this time of year always seems insurmountable. Even with 3 extra pairs of hands there are jobs we just wouldn’t get to. Tomato tending is one we usually reserve for rainy/stormy days, but with the recent drought and the usual summer hustle, we just haven’t gotten to it, and the plants haven’t waited for us. Today we pounced on a rainy afternoon to hack our way through one of our hoop houses, both improving the livelihood of these plants and lessening the psychological damage of having to walk by this hoop and look at this jungle. Getting to this just means we have a little less time to get to our usual list, but that’s the name of the game for farming in July.
Market special today only - FREE small microgreens punnet with $10 purchase - while stocks last - head to the @taurangafarmersmarket right now and you'll be home in time to make this for breakfast! Tell your friends, who like micros (and free stuff!) - market ends at 12 so drop what you're doing (or haul yourself out of your cosy bed) and get there asap!
...and we're back! Freshly restocked at @tepunadeli @beorganics.mountmaunganui @wildearthorganics @freshchoicenz Omokoroa and ready to see you all bright and early at @taurangafarmersmarket (Brad will be on duty, as NZ welcomed me home with a massive attack of the lurgies)
@huckleberrynz shoppers we'll be back to you next week 😊