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July has been an
extraordinary month for local wildlife. Within walking distance of our
core homestead, we've seen:
What surprises will
fruits (peaches, plums, etc.) can be dormant-season grafted
just like apples. For example, the baby tree to the right is an
Imperial Epineuse that I whip
grafted onto purchased rootstock in early April 2015. Halfway through its second
season, the young plant is thriving.
Today was fan cleaning day.
Simply snap off the fan guard and loosen the nut on the front to disassemble for easy cleaning.
Just remember --- on fans, righty loosy, lefty tighty.
Last year, we installed landscape
fabric beneath most
of our oldest row of high-density apples. The idea was to cut weeding
work...but I'm afraid the plastic mulch also appears to be cutting
It's hard to be sure
whether the fabric is at fault because I have several different apple
varieties growing in this area and there's some fireblight in the mix.
But the apples that were mulched with straw are thriving while those
amid the landscape fabric have lost most of their leaves.
I was a bit dubious of our
vet's diagnosis that Aurora was merely suffering from internal
parasites. After all, would she be fine one day and then nearly
comatose the next in that case? But now I'm thinking he was right.
Because ever since being flushed out with a vast array of
pharmaceuticals, our doeling has been growing faster and plumper every
Her mama, on the other
hand, is starting to drop below the perfect 3.0 body-condition
score. That's perfectly normal with heavy milkers, but I'm still
going to try to plump her up with some extracurricular grazing in hopes
we can keep her fat enough to milk through the winter.
Of course our new gate would not be complete without a Lucy access door.
Despite the current
bone-dry conditions, mushrooms are popping up all over the woods.
There's a certain zen
wonder in not being able to identify most of them but still enjoying
their beautiful shapes and colors.
Meanwhile, the goats are
much more interested in the first golden tulip-tree leaves filtering to
the ground. To each her own!
I usually wait to
harvest our onions until the leaves have dried down. But the summer
abruptly turned wet and I began noticing a few signs of rot. Time to
get our precious bulbs out of the ground before they go bad!
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