It’s wet here.
Well, it’s been wet, as most of you already know. It’s a mounting delimma for us here – as the fields are sodden and the weeds are growing. The crops we planted in May have been holding their own (the carrots and beets are doing fantastically, and the tomatoes and peppers are coming along nicely). That said, if things don’t turn around soon, we’re going to hit a lull. With all this rain, we don’t have an opportunity to plant some the faster growing crops – beans (we already have 8 rows in), lettuce, more greens, or radishes. We’ve hand transplanted our squash, and cucumbers and will be hand transplanting our winter squash soon (just in time for halloween pumpkins). Our weeds are taking over the farm. Now, this is a pretty typical situation for us – as it’s a weedy farm to being with ….. but we don’t spray herbicides and totally rely on (in order of effectiveness and efficiency) 1. tractor cultivation 2. mulching (plastic or straw) and, 3. hand weeding. Not all crops can be mulched, like beets and carrots, so they must be cultivated or hand weeded. As I said earlier, it’s been too wet to get tractors into the fields (they’ll compact our soil and/or get stuck) so we’re down to hand weeding and that’s just crazy! (if anyone wants to volunteer some hours hand weeding – get in touch!)
Ce la vie. We do what we can and try to not get bogged down in the hardships of farming. We’re excited to harvest those beets and carrots this week. We’ve maxed out the bok choi and lettuce crops for now – and need to wait for the next succession to mature (I’m sure you don’t mind a break from bok choi!). We should also be harvesting kohlrabi – which, if you’re looking for more greens to eat, you can cook them up too.
If you’ve signed up for a summer share, fall share, or winter share – (meaning you start later than the rest of the CSA members): We’ll let you know when your first pick up will be.