September has proven to be another busy month on the farm. The weather has started to warm and for the first time in many months we have received a few showers. Not drought breaking, but enough to give us a little bit of green on the farm and throughout the district.
The goats have now all given birth and we have a tribe of kids running around the property getting into mischief. Also with the increase in day length, egg production has been picking up from our free range chickens.
The market garden is really starting to increase in production as we make the transition to Spring. The winter crops are coming to a close and we have been busy planting our warm season crops. These include tomatoes, eggplants, capsicums, cucumbers and zucchini, all of which we already have early crops already going in the greenhouses.
Our big new venture for this month has been building 24 raised garden beds which will be used for herb production. Most of the herbs will be planted out in October and include Mediterranean varieties such as rosemary, tarragon, oregano and thyme as well as a range of interesting herbs like licorice, sorrel and valerian. Many of these are culinary herbs that will be used in our kitchens but we are also growing some species that can be used in herbal teas, such as 6 different types of mints.
Two crops that we will start to harvest over the coming month are potatoes, where we have 6 different varieties and garlic which has a big crop coming on so we will have garlic drying in every available undercover space in the not too distant future. Fingers crossed for some more useful rain in October!