Looking at the upcoming weather, we have spent some time preparing the animals and plants as best we can for the impending heat.
We harvested Comfrey leaves and are turning them into liquid fertilizer. We will send this fertilizer through the wheel line as we water the 25-acre to give the plants there a little self-defense nutrient boost as they protect themselves from the heat.
We are paying particular attention to when we water in the 2-acre and the hoop houses. The goal is to water for 1 hour starting at noon. This ensures that all the plants have the most water in the soil during the hottest part of the day, 2-4 pm. In order to keep the starts alive, we cruise through the 4-season and halfway house almost on the hour to water the trays. They are in so little soil, that we have to keep them topped off!
The beauty of the hoops and greenhouses is that they can keep things warmer during the colder parts of the day and year. That means that right now, during this oppressive heat, we are making sure that all the sides and doors are wide open to encourage as much airflow as possible and reduce the oven effect of the walls and roofs.