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Weekly Farm Update 23 August 2012

Hi everyone

A family of tui’s have found out that our ornamental cherry tree just outside our living room door has started flowering.  Last Sunday I was thinking to myself, walking past that the tree should start showing its colours soon and now three days later it has.  Amazing that the birds have discovered it so fast as well! Every time I am so amazed how nature works, how intricate it is and how well it all fits together, … and how little we know!  Last Monday before the rain, Matt and Albert worked until it was too dark to see what they were doing and planted some 4 beds of fresh green vegetable seedlings. Just in time before yet another burst of rain was coming down and just in time to save the transplants from becoming too old to be planted out.  Great, as it ensures us that things will keep on ticking over.

Farm Update19 August 2012

Hi everyone,

It is Friday again and you have already picked up and stored away this week's CSA shares. Apologies for being a day late; Frank is going back home on Sunday and there is/was a lot to organise to make it happen smoothly. Beside renewing his pasport, organising visa's and insurance, Frank's main worry is the CSA and the farm.

Matt and Albert have received a crash course in the management of the CSA and daily /weekly tasks during spring on the farm, and Matt and I are confident we can handle the situation.  Only thing left for Frank is now to relax and pack his suitcase, which according to my mum back in the Netherlands does not have to be big as he only needs some shorts and sunglasses: they are expecting 38 degrees Celcius this weekend.

At home he hopes to support his parents and sister since his father is battling with colon and liver cancer. Frank's father has taken on a lot of advice and support from Frank over the phone and via email, but after 8 years not seeying each other it is time to pack the bags and refresh family ties! Once he finds his way through the airports and get's home safely he can start relaxing and maybe enjoy some time away as his last holiday was exactly 3 years ago (1 week in Tauranga)!

Farm update 9th of August

(by Matt)

Mud, mud, glorious mud

Rain, rain and more rain. Yes, its hard not to talk about the weather at this time of year, but I'll do it again! A few weeks ago things were starting to look really good. The initial harsh cold winter weather that we had early in June had moved along and we'd had enough periods of dry weather so the soil could dry out and we could start to prepare the soil for spring plantings. However, the past few weeks have set things back yet again. Alas, there is nothing we can do but wait! It is muddy, very muddy and there's no chance to get out and prepare the soil. In a few weeks, if things don't dry out, the consequence is that with the lengthening daylight, the seedlings that are all ready waiting to be planted out, won't be worth planting - they will have waited too long in trays and will bolt to seed.

Days and days of rain as we've had here in the Wairarapa, also mean disease pressure for the fruit trees. Apricots and peaches are starting to blossom and the cherries won't be too far behind. This is a critical period for the trees – they need to be pollinated and they also are susceptible to fungal diseases. We'll do what we can and hope for the best!

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