Rain, rain, and more rain!

By Sandy Schenck

Ah rain, the farmer’s friend and foe. 

This week we have been treated to almost non-stop rain, at least 5 in just over the weekend!  The crops already in the field look so happy but now the soil is to damp to till for new starts and the hoop house is almost busting at the seams with summer seedlings that need to move to their new home!  We are hoping for at least three consecutive dry days this next week. 

Weather is of course very important down here at the farm and we check three different sources in hopes of getting the best possible picture of our week ahead, these are our favorites:

http://accuweather.com/

http://www.weather.gov/

http://www.wunderground.com/

In other news the bees are doing well and appear to have accepted their queen.  On our one sunny day they were busily foraging!

[caption id=“attachment_6021” align=“alignleft” width=“288”]bee crop11 Forager returning, and the bee just to her right is sending out ‘this is our home’ pheromone for all the new adventurers[/caption]
[caption id=“attachment_6022” align=“alignright” width=“300”]bee crop12 General activity at the hive entrance[/caption]

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


[caption id=“attachment_6020” align=“aligncenter” width=“300”]bee crop2 Worker bee carrying a fallen sister to the graveyard[/caption]

 


We have also started watering in the greenhouse with rainwater thanks to our new setup.


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And we were finally lucky and found our first lady slipper!!!


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Lovin life at GRP!