Rain is coming

These three beds will be planted today. Notice that today is dry enough to irrigate.

When rain is predicted, all sorts of bells go off in the farmer’s brain, mostly about planting. As most of you know, wet soil is not a good medium in which to plant. The roots will have trouble spreading and could smother altogether. But small plants and seeds love to be “irrigated” by the sky in the form of rain. So planting just before a few days of light rain is ideal.

The Nibex seeder plants carrots beautifully but requires almost a pound of seed for the seed spoons to work properly. Paul is working out a special baffle to override that drawback.

So yesterday, while I was at the farmers’ market selling out of almost everything we could jam into our blue truck, (thank you loyal customers!) Paul and his small crew were transplanting. Mostly salad crops went in; head lettuces, frisse and radicchio. And beds were made ready with the help of the “new” roterra. The fluffy flat beds will be home to plantings of salad greens including cresses, arugulas, Asian greens and lettuces. These trials will be planted in a dense fashion to hopefully eliminate weeding. Carrots, peas, broccoli raabe and spinach will also go in today.

These rows of frisse and radicchio were planted yesterday. The drip tape allowed them their first drink. The three adjacent beds are dry and ready for planting today.

Here in the west, it rains almost exclusively in the winter months, irrigation with drip or overhead sprinklers is a constant for most farmers. Diversified cropping on small acreage runs farmers up against some water management issues.

Now when these clips pop off, they won't be lost in the dirt.

These beds are back to what they were last weekend before the wind, mini field greenhouses.

About candied

Artist: painter, graphics, print and typography. Farm Fan: live on an organic produce farm, am dedicated to educating the public about the food they eat and what it takes to get it to their table. View all posts by candied

One response to “Rain is coming

  • Tonia Lach

    Wow Candi this blog is so cool. It could be used to teach people the basics of organic farming. It is wonderful to follow the veggies we love so much from thier seed start. Thank you for your time and effort. I’ll keep reading. We are blessed to have you and Paul in the valley.

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