We have hit the first week of the summer season here at the farm! It is such a beautiful and exciting time of year. There are so many signs of summer happening at the farm now. Things like the spiraling scapes of garlic, the bunches of green ripening tomatoes, the sweet crisp snap peas, the routines of the farmer markets and the busy road noise from route 28! We also have a Nubian goat that’s due to give birth any day now, so over the weekend we were busy preparing a birthing stall for the babies and a more permanent fence for the time being. This will be our first birthing experience we’ve handled by ourselves, so we’ve been making sure we’re fully prepared for the kidding to happen any moment now. Going into this early summer period we were anticipating less of an amount of pest problems since the flea beetles life cycle changes as the heat increases. But about 2 weeks ago the cucumbers beetle hatched and starting attacking all of our cucurbit family of crops, like the cucumber, summer and winter squashes. A big lesson this year has been learning how to handle certain pests and which crops don’t have pest predators and are much easier to grow than others! Thankfully our water situation has been pretty consistent throughout the year so far, it’s happened multiple times that just as we finish all the water tank water a huge thunderstorm fills it right back up again. Our caterpillar tunnel that we built for the first time has been performing amazingly for us! Our tomatoes and peppers have been thriving because of all the extra heat. We hope you all are enjoying the start to this summer season as much as we are!
Happy Summer Solstice!
June 28, 2017 by Taylor McGuinness Views 1