The light rain this morning has awoke Mother Earth and she smells divine! From the balsam poplar to the plum blossoms it was a privilege to walk lazily along the bush this morning and drink it all in. Our gardens welcomed the rain too. Even though we have been irrigating daily, there is nothing like the real thing.
We finished the annual onion transplant yesterday. We put in about 3000 onions and that is just about all we can handle. We have succumbed to using plastic mulch in order to plant more in a smaller space, and to eliminate weeding. We’ll see how it goes.
Other transplants such as broccoli, brussel sprouts, kohlrabi, lettuce and fennel are doing well. The first round of direct seeded crops like beets, kale, carrots, radishes and so on have sprouted and are putting out their first true leaves. All in all, it has been a good spring so far with good planting conditions. Now just add more water…and more sun. As soon as we think we are past the last frost, we will start transplanting the “heat loving” crops such as tomatoes, peppers and squash.
Each spring we spend days and days on our knees and bums putting in transplants, so this year I rigged up a transplant cart. I simply lie on the board and “float” over the bed while Theresa drives me along from the tractor seat. It works ok, and it is another option for all the hours we transplant, although it eliminates the ability to hear the birds with the tractor running all the time.
At this point we are on schedule to start the vegetable shares mid June as planned, and if you have a share with us, you will hear from us shortly by email.
All the best,