On The Farm- May 26
It is rare to find myself inside working at the computer in the middle of the day during the bustle of the farm season. But it seemed like a good opportunity to be productive while staying inside during the hottest portion of the day. The office section of my weekly task list has gone unchanged and uncompleted for around a month as I fill my days preparing ground, planting, and tending emerging plants. However, these things eventually have to be taken care of.
I have been taking care of many things since the first seeds were planted in February. The field, which seemed enormous when it was first plowed, has rapidly filled up. The Boc Choy is filling out, safe under row cover. Radishes roots are beginning to swell and round out. The spinach seems larger and greener every time I glance its way. Our summer and winter squashes have been hardening off, getting used to life outside of a greenhouse, and are patiently waiting for their moment to go into the ground. Tomatoes, tomatillos and peppers are jumping up and racing to get in line behind the cucurbits. This heat has put inches on our summer crops. They are healthy and thick stemmed, and they await their own transplanting.
They wait for the ground to be prepared. The soil is turned, rocks and sod are picked, beds are demarcated, and then raked smooth (or as smooth is we can get in this rocky, rocky soil). After this holes can be made and plants can be put in those holes- tucked in with a helping of compost.
However there is one more thing this plants need- 70% chance of rain. Without irrigation, we time large plantings around when there is rain, and we have been getting little. Unseasonably hot days may be great for ice cream and lemonade, they might also be perfect for hoeing and weed suppression, and they might make plants grow quickly. However, I prefer them alongside a good, solid day of rain.
It is not time to worry, everything on the farm is looking great, but we wouldn’t mind any heartfelt rain dances on our behalf.