After yet another swing-and-completely-miss storm on Monday, we settled in for a long-hot week with temps in the mid-90s and the sun, unstoppable. After 8 weeks of this, with our crops already under some stress, this was a week to endure, more than enjoy. So, endure we did.
Our water sources continued to hold steady (somehow?!) and Zoe kept the water flowing. Many crops are holding well, but there are some additional signs of stress out there. The crows came (as usual) to feast on the ripening melons, necessitating covering the vines. The melons are protected, but the excess heat under the row cover makes for some even more stressed out vines. What's a poor farmer to do....have no melons or have no melons? The first 3 corn crops are now officially a complete loss (see photo below), but the final 3 successions have been irrigated a few times and look pretty good at this point. Beyond that, though, crops are cranking and we spent busy hours in the cukes, the eggplants, carrots, beets, and tomatoes.
When we had a minute, we separated our yearling calves from their moms, who are moving towards the time when they will birth their new calves. Usually our cows eat grass from May - November. Last week, though, we ran out of grass. It's just not growing back without any water. So, we began to feed our winter hay (while we look for more, which will probably start getting expensive soon).
And on Friday, we had a little sprinkle overnight, and then a cloudy morning, so we planted our final two lettuce beds and then our two-week-late cauliflower, broccoli, etc. Now we wait and hope for that 50% chance of a sprinkle on Sunday. At least the forecast is for 75F, which would be a welcome change.
And finally we have also heard from some of our friends and neighbors this week who have water sources that have completely dried up. Our best thoughts go out to them while we continue to have gratitude for what we do have (which is a lot). For them and for us...here's hoping for rain one day soon!
We hope you enjoy the harvest.
(for Karen, Abbe, Zoe, John, Rebecca, and Sunny)