Good Morning Vegetable fans! The weather continues to be absolutely.....nuts! What a rain storm last night! Freeze warning for tonight. Grass is growing out of control. Trying to get lot's of stuff in the ground today. Need to get after the asparagus also. Really need to get after the drainage project in the greenhouses. If the rain continues it will have a huge effect on the outcome of my season. Already seeing downy mildew in my lettuces which I am sure is left from last year as well as the high humidity the last few weeks. Need to harvest lettuce and radish today.
Ouch! What a week!!! Orders are strong, CSA starts next week, asparagus is trying really hard to come up. Lost a bunch to the frost as well as most of my ground cherries. Debating whether to pull the mulch off the asparagus. Ground Cherries will have to be replanted. Wind has been unrelenting up here this year. Thursday was the first time I did not feel it was safe to be in the greenhouses. All my black plastic got torn up and blown all over the place and I had just planted 800 cabbage and broccoli plugs into it. Two chicken coops blew over and one of them had 2 dozen eggs in it that all broke. A huge thank you to Nat and Christa for helping out on Friday. Baby Ducks were not baby ducks but actually 25 Guinnea Fowl. What in the world am I supposed to do with them now? On top of that they are really noisy as adults. Ducks coming (again) next wend. Tomato plants have turned a nice shade of purple so now I need to track down some bone char and work that into the soil as best I can. Also running back and forth from St. Albans trying to get the camp open with my brother who is up for a few days. I wish school would hurry up and let out so my kids can start working regularly for me. Well gotto go pack out some orders and "walk the estate" to see how things are doing. Finally solved the electric fence problem and just in time. 4 Deer every morning at the back wire, could be a problem as fields get planted. Hardy Kiwi arrived, just need to figure out where it is going to get planted. One last note check out the Capitol City Farmer's Market on twitter. Here's the link--https://twitter.com/Montpmarket
Ah the sun is still up in the sky. Haven't seen it for 2 weeks. Get to dry out a little bit. My farmer's tan was beginning to fade a bit. Well CSA starts next week and the farmer's market get's going in Barre the week after that. Still have a few large projects to get finished up before then. Asparagus is starting to pop up and the tomatoes are looking pretty good. Frost forecast for tonight so have to get ready for that as well. Need to get my fields covered and prepped this week for planting. Still can't get my electric fence figured out, the deer have been polite so far but then again there is nothing good to eat planted yet. No woodchuck sightings as of yet either. Paperwork is piling up once again, ugh! Ditch digging crew coming up this morning, hope to at least get one ditch finished today, perhaps a bit of forward progress on the next one. Here's to a sunny week........joe
Perfect light rain....mother nature has the misting system on. Great day for putting stuff in the ground. Next few days are wet and overcast. Very nice for the plants. Some of my best friends coming for dinner on Saturday. We are all chef's with discriminating spouses. So here's the menu so far.
Well here comes another soggy month of May. Rain in the forecast for the next 7 days. We need it, it has been really dry the last month. Figures just as I get all the drip irrigation in place........ Things are going pretty well so far. Some seasonal pests starting to show up but nothing on a grand scale just yet. Tomatoes need to be pruned and trellised. Hope to get that done today and get the rest planted. Lawn is need of it's first haircut of the season, that going to have to wait. Ditch digging volunteers coming on Friday. Should be interesting with all the water coming down. Glad I put in drainage tile and back filled yesterday. Need to get alot of planting done and but am waiting to get my biodegradable mulch down first. Wind is a big issue trying to lay that stuff. Try it again today when I have some help. CSA starts in a few weeks. Need to add up my numbers but I think I am sold out or have one share left. New real local accounts as well. Nice article in the Bridge about the farm and myself. Thanks Sylvia for the kind words. Barre farmer's market starts at the end of the month. Still have a few things to track down so that I am ready for that as well. Bye.