Drought

Here in Lincoln County were are in a severe drought. While in my happy mind, I think to myself, it will all be okay next year.  We will have normal rain and all will be good, however, in my not-so-happy mind, I think, while next year may be okay, extreme weather conditions may very well become the norm and we best be prepared for it.  It kills me knowing that I cannot irrigate what is left in the garden.  The Mexican Bean Beetles have already started on the next rows of green beans. I pulled some of them on Wednesday and fed them to the goats.  I’ll probably pull more today and if they are not too terribly infested, feed some to the rabbits. I’d rather feed the goats or rabbits than the damned bugs.

I’ve moved some young replacement does and our two bucks out into deep bedded pens. No sense in them living on wire if they do not have to.  Some of the new does cannot be bred until next spring. I cleaned out another tractor on Wednesday and have two more pens (just six rabbits total) to process and then I’ll have two more to clean.  The cleanings from these tractors are going into the garden.  Hopefully I can get the rest of the comfrey transplanted out of raised beds into the main garden and then heavily mulched. We have not been putting straw in the goat shed, but I’m going to go ahead and put some in today so that I can have that fertile mulch material to put on the rows. The more organic material I can get into the rows, the better they will hold water next year.

Singing Frogs Farm in Sonoma, California is a great inspiration to me.  They are able to maintain an extremely productive vegetable farm in drought-stricken California.  They say they do not have to spray for any insects, it’s all no-till, etc. The more I can move towards their methods the better off we will be here. That means more mulch, which of course means more hauling and cleaning.  Oh well.

Until later …