This is the sun three mornings ago. It was much redder in person. We had significant smoke here from the B.C. fires. My breathing is worse now so may be related. Thankfully the smoke has cleared (at least for the moment). I do not like all of the red sunset photos recently because to me they represent dead trees and likely other forms of life fried by the catastrophic fires.
This morning I wanted to show how tall our corn is. We have never had such tall corn before. Please try not to focus on me in the photo as it is not very flattering in my barn clothes, but I wanted to give height perspective ( ai roughly 5′ 7″). No ripe corn yet and some of the stalks have fallen over. I am worried that the sprinkler can’t really water it all.
And yesterday Tom noticed that all of our carrots were gone. He thought maybe I had harvested it. But I hadn’t. Every last carrot is gone, but the tops are still there. I am suspecting burrowing rodents have infiltrated our hot tub planter. It is so incredibly frustrating as that was a lot of work keeping those carrots weeded. We decided to pull the parsnips in the same planter before they were eaten too. The pigs enjoyed their tops.
The pole beans continue to die. I think it is rot from all of the weeds keeping the moisture near the ground. So I have weeded a lot, but they are still dying.
Here is our pathetic harvest of parsnips, not allowed to get to full maturity.
The next urgent issue is that the peaches have started falling from our tree. So I (incredibly tired after working overnight) climbed the really cool ladder my step dad gave us to pick them. It is a Portland Ladder Company orchard ladder, and it is so stable I didn’t even fall off it when I was incredibly tired (thanks again Al!). Quite a few peaches fell during the process though, and some were too ripe. Those all went to the hogs who enjoyed them immensely.
We have 3.5 boxes of peaches in varying stages of ripeness. I am hoping to eat some, cook with some and can the rest. I am guess the hogs will get more in the process.
That is the frustrating farming news here.
P.S. In non-farming news, there is a large fire, the Schneider Springs Fire, near the cabin that my great grandfather had built in 1927. The cabin is under Level 2 evacuation orders now, and I am terribly worried. It is still several miles from the cabin but has been growing quickly. Thankfully the winds are supposed to die down, and the temperatures cool tomorrow. So please send prayers and rain-making thoughts to try to save our cabin and many other cabins, homes, business, wildlife and trees. It is so sad to see the areas that I grew up hiking in turned to ash. But selfishly mostly I hope our family’s legacy will be preserved.