Monday, June 23, 2008

Rainy Day

After a fierce couple of weeks of summer, we are back to spring. The high temp was 76 deg. F. today. Nights have been in the low 40's. I've had to close the ends of the greenhouse back up to keep the basil from going squidgy.

Today it has rained for 20 minutes at a time every two hours. Lots of thunder and lightning. Cold.

All my outside plans got scrapped, so we spent the day doing inside work. We got a couple of rooms rearranged so the kids have a better play space. We also made yogurt cheese, mozzarella cheese, muffins, and pesto. We did get a bit done in the green house, including harvesting the first big tomato of the season. That will go nicely in the dinner salad (tomato, basil, onion, fresh mozzarella, and a nice olive oil/cracked pepper vinaigrette). Pair that with pasta and pesto, a fresh baguette, and a crisp Riesling, or an ice cold draft cider, and you have a perfect summer dinner (wish it was 15 degrees warmer (62 now, and falling)).

The greenhouse is thriving. Will be installing the center grow boxes this week. Those will house the herbs that we must have year round; basil, chives, dill, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, tarragon, thyme, and garlic chives. I can't wait to get them settled in their year round digs.

The outdoor garden is in transition from cool crops to warm crops. The heat and longer days made most of the cool stuff blot, but we haven't had enough heat to really have the warm stuff thrive. Should have had more row cover on things. It's going to be grim at the farmers market next week. My planting schedule didn't factor in such a long cool spring, followed by an instant jump to summer, and then back to spring. Things are struggling. The only good thing is that all the other vendors are in the same boat. The greenhouse crops are saving us. They got us there first, and make it so we consistently have things that are fresh and local that no one else has.

The livestock are all doing well. May is starting to balloon. She has about a month and a half to go. The kids are growing fast. I'm still not sure I want 13 goats, but none of the new ones have showed anything to cause me to put them on the sale list. Porter and Chuck have adjusted to life in the mob. They are growing fast, and starting to explore the world of grass. They nibble, it doesn't contribute much to their diet, but that is how they build up their digestive system. Soon, grass will be better than milk. I can't wait!


dND said...

Terry Pratchett :-D - insomnia rules here, just read Making money and A Hat full of Sky with Wintersmith for the next 2 nights!

I'm having to re-collect the series but now have 23 out of the 50 or so books so getting there slowly. I find them impossible to put down once I've picked them up.

Watching the baler is like watching magic happen though I totally agree; collection and compression are of this world but the knotter - you're right about trans-dimensional space.

Nikki & David Goldbeck said...

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Alan said...

dnd, loved Making Money (and Going Postal) and A Hat full of Sky. J is just starting Wee Free Men. Haven't read Wintersmith. Jealous you've got your hay in already. I'm going to have to buy hay for the winter, and can't find any worth buying yet.

N & D Goldbeck, I've enjoyed the yogurt cheese. I'll be making more. I'll check out your books. Thanks.

jack-of-all-thumbs said...

I'm not familiar with Pratchett, but need a new fiction series for those late night hours. I take it that you'd recommend him?

Alan said...

Jack, if you like slightly warped social satire in the vein of Monty Python you will probably enjoy Pratchett. I couldn't tell you where to start with his books though. I have enjoyed all of them, especially the ones with Commander Vimes. I'm sure you could get some ideas from one of the Pratchett sites on the net.


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