Posted (Deb) in News

There was a question regarding the effect that all of the rain has on the farm.  It has made for muddy going and some of the field work of transplanting has been on hold.  The soil is so wet that although we walk-or trudge through the fields to pick, no tractor work can be done.  We are blobs of green rain suits and rubber boots.  Slowly  the fall transplants such as cauliflower, broccoli, kale and collards are being moved from the hoop house to the field .  As soon as there is  a break in the weather we plant even if it is only one truck load in the afternoon.  The rain is really what the transplants need to take hold and so once they are planted, they flourish.

You may also see, and probably will, extra dirty water after washing the greens after all of the rain.  The heavy rain splashes the soil up under the leaves and although we rinse some off with our first washing, there will still be a bit of the garden delivered with your share.  The best way to wash the greens is to cut them from their center and wash, rinse a couple of times until clean.

We do worry a bit about the persistant wet weather and disease pressure on the summer crops like the tomatoes.  They like it hot and dry and that has not been the case.  Disease pressure in Organic farming is one of the toughest situations that we contend with.  We use wide spacing for planting so the air can move and there are a couple of products certified for Organic porduction, but nothing is as effective as a breeze and sunshine.  It is all part of farming and the sun should come out mid week.  Deborah

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