After all summer of fighting drought, we are finally receiving regular rain. Last night we got nearly ¾ of an inch. The pasture is regrowing and I have to mow the lawn, which is now green again. Thank God! The forest fires have been contained and no more smoke in the air. Whew, it got thick some days! Instead of watering eight hours a day, now we’re harvesting, canning, and seed saving all day, every day. Due to the drought, our sweet corn didn’t germinate decently. (I plant hybrid so I’m not tempted to save it for seed.) I do have some but was worried about having so little. Then I ran into friends in the L & M farm store. We talked garden quite a bit and they said their tomatoes all died due to not being able to keep them watered. But their sweet corn did well. So I suggested a swap; their sweet corn for my tomatoes, which we have tons of. That was readily and happily agreed upon so yesterday I went out and picked them a heaping crate of tomatoes then drove over and helped pick a big bunch of sweet corn. Hooray! Today I will can sweet corn until dark and after!
I’m so happy with all the tomatoes we have, most fat and very productive, despite the heat and drought. We ran out of one of our favorite cherry tomatoes, Brad’s Atomic Grape, bred by tomato guru Brad Gates. Not only does this tomato have wonderful flavor but it is hugely productive and oh so pretty, with so many colors on each tomato. It’s really cool! The kids love it.
Will got the grain box with the broken axle home yesterday by chaining the front of the frame up to the three point on the Farmall 660. Whew! Today he’s hauling big round bales of hay home from the field as we have more rain in the near future so he can’t cut more hay. He’s also waiting for a part for the haybine, which broke so there’s nothing he can do till that arrives. Here’s hoping it comes today. — Jackie