Tractors Moving & Grooving
When you look out into the fields these days, there are no less than three tractors moving and grooving across the beds, shaping, fertilizing, transplanting and cultivating weeds are all players in the game. It is a wonderful sight to see as we have arrived (after 23 years of tinkering) at the place in which efficiency and the art of farming are all happily coexisting.
This last week of May has given us some cloudy and cooler weather in which we are able to put transplants in without the worry of heat exhaustion. It allows for irrigation kinks to be worked out without the daunting pressure of 80 degrees and dry. We will happily take 65 and cloudy to start in June and work our way into the 80’s.
We had a great weekend of work over Memorial Day clearing out debris, fallen trees and beaver-chewed sticks out of Griffin Creek. I was excited to get in five full beds of flowers over in my new space by the blueberries and start to re-work this ground as it has been fallow for many years. We uncovered many currants and gooseberries and beat back yet more blackberries that have meandered over in the last two months.
As we head into June, we are excited to start harvesting more food − lettuces, brassicas, fennel and radishes. The squash are settling in nicely to their new digs close to the barn, and it is fun to keep tabs on their fast growth. There has been talk of a black bear seen and a few tracks observed, but no real scat to provide hard evidence. Perhaps the bear has gotten the memo that the farm has lots of new honey bee friends. We will keep you posted…
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