The North Fields
Yes, yes, I realize calling these 'fields' might seem a little pretentious to those who farm more than the 15 acres we manage. But, since it is our blog, we'll call them fields. So there!
|The glacier that didn't want to leave|
|The rabbit fence at work in the North fields|
This caused us to change plans. Initially, we were going to put up a new high tunnel, but we couldn't get an excavator in ... blah blah blah.... So, the net result is that we used the field only for a Fall crop of greens and brassica. The advantage of this area for Fall crops is that there is wind protection on three sides. It doesn't mean that much for the crops, but it does for the person doing the harvesting.
|Mustard greens looking happy in the field.|
The SouthWest field is always the first to dry out and the first to have the frost go out. So, this year, we knew the peppers and eggplant would be in this field. Our plan calls for some spinach and radish to be planted and harvested before the peppers. Happily, the soil was workable enough in April for us to give it a shot.
|The earth must have shifted a bit that day.|
|Wasn't there supposed to be something in these rows?|
|One row of radish survived and was left for harvesting|
Well, the cool summer resulted in smaller pepper plants, but they produced well enough for us. It was, a bit irritating that we had to worry about a frost in early/mid September. Out came the remay covers. The most difficult part about these covers is the fact that it takes only a very little bit of wind to move them off of the plants. We ended up finishing the job after the sun went down.
|But, we were able to harvest or another few weeks this way!|
Yes, we do call it that. Hey! It's our farm, we can call it what we want. Remember our discussion about the North fields?
One crop we got in the ground in a timely fashion were our tomatoes. We were both very pleased by this. But, then the weather conspired to slow us with the mulching and caging. It's always something, isn't it?
|Italian Heirloom on the left and German Pink on the right.|
|That field sure LOOKED good.|
And, there you have it. Some perspective on the growing season in words and pictures.