Window of Warmth
A window of warmth has arrived. Yes, it is true. We made it over 60 degrees as we managed to kick off the season with a tremendous push of transplanting. While we still continue to play chicken with the wet weather and can only get in a few decent days at a time, we have managed to establish 65 acres of drier ground.
We continue to seize every opportunity to get work done in the fields and are gearing up for our next push from the greenhouse. Direct seedlings are all coming up nicely in the fields. Carpets of radishes, spinach and bok choy are very delicate and tender. To protect these sweet and delicious starts, we cover them with a thin, white, gauze row cover that allows for sun and rain to come through, but keep the hungry beetles from eating and destroying them.
Full Circle Farm is proud of its certified organic farming practices, and we do not use any pesticides that would be toxic to the environment and bad for you to eat in our vegetables. This barrier method is one of our greatest protection methods as the blanket gives the new plants lots of protection from bugs flying in to eat and also allows for a little more heat to nurture their growth on the chilly, spring nights.
In the spring when the bug populations are exploding and have voracious appetites, we are quick to put row cover down and while it is impossible to put on all of our spring crops, we are able to formulate and map out their heavier feeding areas and eliminate that food source. Our vacuum seeder in the barn is turning out more trays to replace the plantings that head out into the fields, and this cycle will continue throughout May. We are excited to get our cucumbers and summer squash planted up this week and do these seeds by hand as their plump shape is not possible with our seeder. The feel of these seeds in our hand is light and airy, and we dream about their succulent and watery flavor that will bring much delight to summer salads and scrumptious meals.
We will continue to embrace the many shifts of planting and seeding and the smell of warmer rain we know will soon give way to dry days and maturing vegetables for you to enjoy in your weekly Full Circle share.
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