Wednesday, May 20, 2015

In the field

We got spoiled a bit ago with some mega warm temps.  Now we find ourselves more seasonally cool with a chance of frost this weekend.  And even with the new moon on June 2nd, another bout of frost could happen as well.  This is why we are holding off on field planting all our tenders, like tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, cucumbers etc.   Our cool loving crops like our peas, lettuces, onions, kale, chard, spinach will all hold their own if the frost hit. We will take precautions and cover our zucchini though, just to be on the safe side!  The above pic is Ben cultivating the peas.  We have hoed the onions and all these other spring crops twice now!  We have irrigated all the early crops too, as it was getting dry. That hot weather spurred zillions of tiny weeds to emerge!  We are on top of it!

Red lettuces and our sweet, crisp Romaine lettuces are growing away nicely!  We did not use ground cover to cover anything early on this year!  Because of those crazy hot temps, they needed to breathe!  I was not too keen on that hot weather, as our early crops like the cool spring.  Your lettuces, spinach and most especially PEAS taste sweeter and crisper is the weather is nice and cool. So we welcome the 'back to normal' spring weather.  Plus when it's freaky hot the sky starts to spur wild weather and I don't need a dump of hail on my stuff!!!

Above is Swiss Chard and Kale growing away nicely today. The kale is growing on a patch of land that has never housed kale ever before! And has been certified organic for over a decade! This is nice land, the kale will be glorious this year! Same goes for the chard!  This is a key part of our rotation and dedication to keeping the land healthy. 
Enjoy these sunny days and remember to cover tenders if you have them out already!