Summer Predictions – Week 12

Late again on the predictions, apologies for that but I thought I’d give a short note before the harvest tomorrow. It’s been wet and cool so we’ll see how that has impacted the crops – the cucumbers and summer squash were already slowing down so my guess is that the cool wet weather isn’t going to help. It will probably be nice for the greens and roots so my prediction is: lettuce, chard, celery, carrots, potatoes, tomatoes, sweet peppers, and maybe some summer squash and cucumbers. The tomatoes will likely be in smaller quantities than the past couple of weeks. We’re still taking orders for sauce tomatoes, but there’s a waiting list at this point and we’re probably a week or two out on that. The potatoes will be the last distribution of the year, German Butterballs, a delicious yellow potato that stores well.

Last week I mowed down the last of the summer buckwheat cover crop and we got in the final plantings of the year – lettuce, spinach and mustard greens. From here out there’s a good bit of hoeing to keep the weeds down on those final plantings, we’re still irrigating until it starts raining in earnest, and we’ll be starting to put in the winter cover crops soon.

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