On The Farm- June 7th
The much longed for rain came and the plants drank deep. I walked down through the field, the morning after our first good rain, and the potato plants had doubled in size. Plants that were doing fine before now look great, and they approach maturity as we approach our first distribution.
The rain nourished the plants that had been in the ground, but they also allowed for a serious week of transplanting. There are many reasons to transplant, even though it adds a few more steps to growing a crop. Among many other benefits, transplanting allows you to select the strongest plants and the weeks a transplant speeds in the greenhouse are weeks that you are not weeding that crop in the field. Transplants begin their time on the farm as small seeds dropped or pressed in to soil-filled trays with cells of various size and quantity. If they germinate and grow well, they are thinned so that only the desired number of plants continue to grow in each sell. They are watered. Sometimes they are eaten by mice and replanted. They are moved outside to acclimate to the effects of wind and other out-of-greenhouse elements.
Once I deem them ready and the soil has been prepped, holes are made to house the plants and in go the cells. Last week large, widely spaced holes were filled with tomatoes, tomatillos and husk cherries. Melons and Peppers were moved to their final growing ground. Later successions of lettuce, boc choy and Chinese cabbage were snuck into various bits of free space. The green house really began to empty as the field filled up. Now we just have to wait a bit longer to empty the field out and fill our share bags.