I was worried, we had two days of solid rain on Wednesday and Thursday but a nice sunny day on Friday. Rain is bad at this time of the year not only for lodging but for mould and fungus. When I got to the garden this morning I was so relieved to find the barley looking very healthy and quite perky. I’m having a hard time being patient though. A lot of the barley is ready for harvesting but there are also a lot of heads that still have some green on them. You can see the green hairs in the pictures below. I hand picked some ripe heads, about 5 lbs. in an hour but it was difficult not to accidently grab a green one in the process, so I’m going to have to wait. Something very cool I’ve noticed with the Maris Otter is that it has strong roots which makes it easier to harvest. With the Conlon I found that when I tried to use a sickle it would pull the straw out of the ground without cutting it, so I had to use the shears to cut the heads off which is much slower. We’ve got some perfect weather in the forecast so I should be able to harvest more next week.