Farm update: rain and weeds
After an early dry spell, which made us glad of our irrigation system, things are looking a bit wet now – which is making us glad of our sandy soils. (For the record, we spent a long time looking for a farm with sandy soils, and put a lot of money into an irrigation pond, for exactly those reasons.) The rain is great for the potatoes, which are growing like mad (though we need it to dry out just a little so they can get hilled), and for the peas. Pretty much everything is growing like mad right now, actually, though most of the crops would enjoy a little more sun. These few weeks on either side of the solstice are magical – the plants just grow and grow and grow, so fast we can often see the difference from one day to the next. Our big job right now is keep the weeds down and then get out of the way. We use plastic mulch on several crops and straw mulch on pathways to help with weeds, and Jeremy loves his cultivating tractor (check out the video on Facebook to see it in action!), but we still do a fair amount of weeding by hand.
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