This year, the apple trees were covered in blossoms! Last year, they started a bunch of blossoms that were frozen off. As a result, there were no apples (but we got one peach!).
We had a pretty nasty POOOF of wind come through the farm a week (plus some) ago. We had just put everything under cover and shut it all down when the poof came through. Rob witnessed arbovitae trees bent over so that they were horizontal and heard some odd grating and groaning noises coming from the barn area. He did NOT go looking at that point.
That was a good thing with some of the recent weather events.
The picture you see below is an oddity for this May. It is a day where some of the fields were workable and we...um... worked in the fields.
You will see some cages and other things that were an attempt to keep critters out of our very early May planting in the small area that was able to be worked then. Most of those plants have not survived, for various reasons. Closer to the camera you see beds tilled that were soon after seeded with spinach, radish, turnip, swiss chard, arugula and mustard greens. Of these, we see evidence of all of them emerging despite the wet weather. But, there is a bit of a pond in the center right at present. We'll try to take a picture or two tomorrow.
Since we can't plant in the fields, our seed starting facilities are getting stretched quite a bit. Below is one of our seed starting shelves with trays we just seeded to get the seeds to "pop." We want to get them started in the trays in hopes that they will be able to be transplanted in the next two weeks. We shall see.
And below are some peppers plants awaiting the same treatment. The problem with that?
And, consider this - we have the ability to protect them at this stage, so why not?
If that isn't enough, we'll give you one more piece of data. Raccoons like to dig in these pots and throw them around. They do not tend to dig them out of the ground. 'Nuff said.
Hope you enjoyed the nickel tour!