The last week has been a productive one on the farm. We have two new volunteers, Oliver, who has joined us for the next few months, and Fred, who will be here for a number of weeks. It is nice to have the extra hands! They have helped transplant many of our starts into the field. Including numerous tomatoes, cantaloupe, honeydew, watermelon, kale and broccoli. We also transplanted 12 different varieties of lettuce into rows today. There is much more to plant and we are really feeling the push to get everything planted in the field before the season progresses any further. Still, we can’t help but feel a sense of accomplishment at the amount of work we have completed this week. The farm is beginning to take shape!
There are still some large projects that need to be wrapped up. Cleaning and organizing the wash station is the most urgent. This area is where we wash and package the produce after it is harvested. Right now it is full of pots that need to be washed, unused tools and other riff-raff. Our goal was to have this done by Sunday since our first official CSA box is scheduled to go out on Monday. It should be in working order by then but will still require some reorganization.
The forecast is calling for severe weather and flooding over the next few days, so we are praying that the young plants in the field will get a nice watering and not a beating. We have already had some casualties. We had to remove a tomato plant from the greenhouse because it was sick. Luckily, we seemed to have caught it before the other plants near it were affected. One variety of our eggplant was getting eaten up by caterpillars which we think we finally have the upper hand on. And our Wild Arugula that we seeded in the field has made a great tender snack for the flea beetles. We will be doing another planting soon to replace the rows which were lost. We are thankful that the losses have been so few and that most of the produce seems to be flourishing!