Just had the good fortune of attending a free course, offered by the U of I Extension office, on, of all things, irrigation. I say that because Matteson just had a bout of rain that dropped over 6 inches of rain in a little over a week! For those of you who are unaffiliated with the illustrious Matteson, IL, our average rainfall for all of June is 3.9 inches according to weatherspark.com's climate summary. But no farmer relies solely on the rain. Irrigate we must.
It was super informative and really helped to round out the corners on irrigation plan I'd worked on thus far. Zack Grant's (+Sarah Batka and crew) power center for his irrigation system is super sophisticated and saves him from walking all over the farm to turn zones on and off.
I must say that I was reminded to use tarps for inactive zones of the garden, and now I'm wondering how much faster I can build other areas using tarps instead of tillage.
I was hoping to invite volunteers tomorrow to come welcome the new chicks, but they won't be here until Wednesday. So now anyone who shows up tomorrow to volunteer will be laying landscaping fabric over the bottom rows of the veggie garden with me. Call before you come! Also, keep an eye out, I'll be publishing a calender for the farm so that you can plan your visit soon.