Well, it’s been an interesting week on the farm! A lot of work has been accomplished. Everyone had lots of fun hoeing (joke), but the fields are looking beautiful and nearly weed free.
We filled black trays with soil and seeded cabbage and cauliflower for the fall. All totaled, there were approximately 11,000 + plants. These are in the green house growing so we can transplant them in the field.
Unfortunately, the big news this week is that we had big winds and big hail. Right now, we are thinking this is the worst hail we’ve ever had on the farm. Lettuce season is over. We had hail stones go right through the pea pods. The plastic mulch has holes, beets outside are abused, and we are not sure where the cucumbers are now… pretty sure they were there last night, but there’s not much left. Hmmm. (Pictures to follow soon!)
On the bright side, things in the tunnels still look good. The cauliflower is tasty and beautiful. To keep it from fading or turning yellow, the leaves of each cauliflower plant are wrapped up around the head and banded. It’s kind of like giving the plants a ponytail. It’s time consuming, but the only way to keep the cauliflower looking nice.
We’ve got tomatoes beginning to come off in the greenhouse, although I can eat them all myself in a week. We’ve got another batch of tomatoes growing in one of the tunnels nicely. We probably lost a third of the field tomatoes to the wind this week and another third to the hail last night, so we’ll just have to wait and see what happens with those. Looks like the potatoes may have come through last night fairly well. Again, it’s a bit of a wait and see game, but before the hail, these are probably the best looking potatoes we’ve had so far.
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Ryan, Katie, and Crew
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