Well Happy 4th of July weekend. It is Friday July 3rd, 58 degrees and............surprise! it's freakin raining. Great for working outdoors but the deer flies are so desperate that they are still out there in the rain. I think we are approaching something like 9 days with no sun and plenty of moisture. Incredibly the gardens look good so far. The continued lack of any kind of normal summer warmth however is keeping my plants 2-3 weeks behind. Greenhouses are loaded and things look good but the lack of sun is keeping the tomatoes from ripening. Very concerned about disease and fungus with all the ideal weather. I am convinced it is easier to grow things during the winter and am planning accordingly. Working on my winter CSA and looking forward to the winter market here in Montpelier. Just heard we will be at 43 degrees Sunday morning, then some sun. Rain again on Monday. Ugh! So off to go find some wild mint for a customer and pick the 6 cucumbers I have for her.
Friday is here and so is the end of June!? 4th of July next week? Where did that come from? Summer decided to make an appearance on Thursday. Nice and warm and sunny. Tomatoes are showing some color and things are moving right along. Cucumbers are growing about a foot a day. I have them all trellised this year. CSA pickup went well, Barre market show's some promise. Have to go harvest before the rain and get a few things done.
Here we go...the latest in weather whining.....so the meteorologists states that so far we are plus 1.5 inches of rain for June and minus 3-5 degrees in the normal temperature department. Continues to be cloudy, windy, cool, ah well. The bugs are out, the slugs are in, the deer got the phlox but not the veggies, yet. I am still in a very odd place with production. Things are moving along but ever so slowly. I really need my tomatoes and cucumbers to come in, zuchinni would be greatly appreciated as well. Pole beans were transplanted today (yes transplanted, the first 2 direct seedings rotted in the ground. I have run out of space on the farm to plant. I am eyeballing a blue spruce that serves no purpose but to shade my greenhouses. If it was not there I would be able to put in another 30'x100' bed.......and plant more veggies.
Cloudy and humid.....could not ask for better transplanting conditions. Last few things going in the next couple of days. Mostly melons and some beans, extra winter squash. Ate my first ripe tomato last night out of the greenhouse. June 19th with no supplemental heat! Insects are making up for lost time with the cold weather and are out in force. Plants are looking really good though and everything is lush and waiting for some heat. That is in the forecast for next week. Weeds are under control....so far......Headed out to the kitchen table bistro in Richmond for dinner this evening. Should be fun. Basil is going great guns and the garlic scapes are finally coming in. Cucumbers are sizing up nicely and I finished another ditch yesterday morning. Man what a work out. Need to get going on the next greenhouse so I can get the excavator in here for the summer. Gotta go.......
Things continue to keep moving right along around here despite the lack of heat. Warmer temperatures are promised for later in the week. Need to figure out what has to go into the ground this week. Going to till up some fields again due to poor germination on pole beans. Cold wet soil and they turned into worm food. Snapping turtles passing through this year are crazy. I keep finding them in my stone piles or greenhouses. Have had 4 of them in the last few days. Tomatoes continue to look real happy but am a bit concerned about the twine cutting into the main stems. Not sure if this is a big issue or not. Kids are out of school this Wend for the summer. They are going to start helping out next week. Well gotta go get a few things done this morning before we get the 1/2 inch of rain they are promising today. The ditching in the greenhouses is making progress but I managed to tweek my back pretty good on Friday.......ah well.