I am sure that it doesn’t have to be pointed out just how much rain we have been getting in the past couple of weeks. Although many of the crops we are growing love moisture and could not produce without consistent water, too much rain also poses other issues for vegetable growers. First, when the fields are wet there is not much we can do (including planting, weeding, tilling, etc). Besides being behind on our field duties, waterlogged soil hinders healthful growth of plants as their roots need air to breath and the water suffocates the crops if wet for an extended period of time. Stressed plants may bolt (go to seed) or become more susceptible to different diseases due to the excessive moisture. In terms of how it affects you…many of our kohlrabi have split; radishes are splitting or have become pithy; and the strawberries are not ripening properly. With all that said there is much in the fields that still looks amazing and soaking up all the water they can handle while growing at extraordinary rates. There are baby broccoli, cucumbers, spring onions, carrots, beets, turnips, and tomatoes that you can look forward to in the coming weeks. Cabbage and peas should be at harvestable size within the week. One of the many joys and frustrations of farming is Mother Nature’s unpredictability and we must remember that we are ultimately at her mercy. Sometimes it is difficult, but we need to continue to be thankful for rain…our lifeblood.
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We cover our crops with Reemay to reduce pest and wind related damage, as well as increasing temperature control. The porous product can have a 3 to 7 degree protection rate.
Laura strings up the high tunnel in preparation for trelessing our indoor heirloom tomatoes.
1500 ft. of tomatoes planted!
Best interns ever! Dan, Marilyn, Carolyn, and Laura trellising tomatoes in the high tunnel.
Foggy morning harvest. Beautifully eerie.
Lots o’ lettuce! Butterhead, red and green Oak, Romaine, and Summer Crisp are some of the types we have grown this spring.
Just a little update on farm happenings!
The Sandbrook Meadow Crew