It was premature to think that summer had begun. It’s sprinkling now. The greens are greener when seen under a grey sky. Many summer crops have been in the ground for weeks, and are struggling to stay ahead of the insect pressure. Cucumber beetles are very active and making a mess of the first bean crops, beet greens, cucumbers (natch). Once the heat comes, the plants will outgrow the damage. We believe in history and the power of positive thought.
Here’s a virtual “Walk-Around” of the farm today.
We’ve had beautiful summer squash, though can’t seem to get enough zucchini flowers to fill our chef’s orders.
The rock crusher has been busy pulverizing this field. It’s very time and resource consuming, but the improvement is huge.
Rocky field will get “crushed” very soon.
We’ve been enjoying an abundance of brassicas (broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage) which are finishing up. Luckily, this next planting should be ready in a couple of weeks.
Celery is coming soon.
This field has not been cover cropped in a long time. It’s been too important. Now that we have some more ground, it’s nice to see it get a rest!
These beans are suffering from cucumber beetle damage.
The first planting of tomatoes is flowering. Planting through plastic helps push it along. It’s already been staked and tied.
So glad to see two beds of Lacinato kale next to one of Red Russian. The RR yields more, but we can’t keep up with demand for the Lacinato.
A bed of Asian greens for the salad mix.
Finally we have fruit on the raspberries, weeks later than in past years.
The first planting of peppers is looking good. The shishitos and padrons are always the first to set fruit.