Field Notes

Notes from the Field : Week 15

Notes from the Field : Week 15

Last week we planted the strawberries for next year. This was the second to last planting of the season. The only thing left to plant is our garlic for next year! This is what you might call the shoulder season. It’s not quite summer (although tomatoes are […]

Notes from the Field : Week 13

Notes from the Field : Week 13

We harvested acorn squash last week. It felt different from the constant harvests we’ve been doing all season long. There was something special about it. I couldn’t erase my face-splitting smile. Harvesting and contemplating, I realized it’s because those other harvests, for the most part, are […]

Notes from the Field : Week 14

Notes from the Field : Week 14

We’re anticipating having lettuce again this week and more in the not too distant future along with other salad greens (arugula and baby kale).

These things have been difficult for us this season for a number of reasons. High temps in the greenhouse have caused germination failure in certain lettuce varieties and spotty germination in others. Rabbits and woodchucks have eaten some lettuce plantings and high temps and dry conditions have caused other plantings to bolt before we harvested them.

Arugula and baby kale have succumbed to flea beetle as well as weed pressure.

Luckily we’ve had kale, collards and chard to get us through these crop failures while still getting greens into the share. The kale crop we’ve been harvesting from these past few weeks has some flea beetle pressure, so the leaves have been looking a little worse for the wear. Now that we have other greens to harvest, we’ll give these plants a week or so off so.

Growing a wide variety of vegetables in several successions allows us to come back from these failures and use them as lessons. With so many variables, there are always new lessons to learn!

 

Notes from the Field : Week 10

Notes from the Field : Week 10

Week 10 Mid-August is a busy time here at the farm! Cucurbits (cucumbers, summer squash and zucchini) are slowing down while, eggplant is chugging along and tomatoes are ramping up! We’re also getting into harvesting storage onions, which have to cure in our greenhouse for a […]

Notes from the Field : Week 9

Notes from the Field : Week 9

Week 9 Emmy and I had our first tomato harvest of the season yesterday. It seems just as we get things under control, something new pops up to challenge our being able to get everything done! Mondays are our day go on a field walk, see […]