Our cool April and May has suddenly blossomed into hazy, hot and humid, complete with thunder storms.
The plants have been waiting for some heat and sun. The summer crops are beginning to show some verdant growth. The greenhouses are filled with eager young seedlings ready for transplanting. We have been picking our Olympia cucumbers for about a week now and the hothouse tomato crop is coming close to fruit.
One drawback to the onslaught of the heat is many of the spring crops: spinach, early lettuces,
arugula , mizuna and other greens tend to perform poorly, bolt to seed, or become bitter. These are cool loving crops which we may have to sacrifice until fall plantings. Mother nature will be making that executive decision, as always.
There is a lot of other activity on the farm this week. Twenty-eight new chicks, six ducklings and a few dozen turkey chicks are sharing our brooding room, although it is a bit like a junior-high school dance, the chicks on one side and the ducklings on the other. Seldom does a glance, chirp or quack pass between the clans.
We are also waist deep in our new "south" farm pond construction. It has been a long awaited rather messy ordeal that is finally beginning to take form. For any of you who thrill in watching BIG Tonka Toys play with soupy soil come down in the pit and play before we shut off the pumps and let it fill. We will be having future posts and photos to update you on our progress.