Farm time passes by in an interesting way. Days run out quickly, yet once the month ends the beginning of it seems like it happened such a long time ago. What I definitely remember about this month is that it was really hot. Many September days felt as though we were in July again—the only difference being that the sun didn’t stay around as long.
To adapt to this month, we took the sheep to the far end of the farm to graze for several days. We expected lambs this September, but made it through the whole month without seeing any new ones.
Ivan’s corn grew by at least a foot over the month. They really soaked up the heat, which made Ivan happy as he was trialing some Mexican varieties that needed those longer, warm days. We were both working out our cover crop strategies in the fields, and it was a fun to see months of work result in less weed pressure on our fields.
We harvested pumpkins, gourds and onions this September. The supply of kale, chard and green onions kept going strong. We also harvested some oats by hand before looking for a combine instead to help out. We also planted rye cover crops mixed with clover, forage kale, turnips, radish, millet and other seeds. Let’s see what comes up!
Lots more happened this month to get things done before winter comes, including a member sauna day and just regular ol’ farm life.