On The Farm- July 12th

Heat. After a cool spring, I don’t feel prepared for it. My body isn’t used to it, I forget to have large water bottles at hand and find myself cooling off in the pond more often. But for our heat-loving summer crops, it is a much needed change.  Tomato plants that have put up with hail, high winds, and cool nights are flourishing in their ideal conditions. They stretch up and out, they flower and fruit. One of the main jobs this week is trellising them so that they can support a heavy burden of fruit. Small hot peppers grow larger, almost ready to be harvested and to spice our foods. Summer squash hover on the brink of maturity. Heat like this will really bring us into summer on the farm, energizing next month’s crops as it finishes off old lettuce plantings and other cool spring crops. It may not be ideal weather for the farmer, but right now it is good for the farm

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~ by handhollowfarm on August 21, 2011.

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