Field Notes from 4/4

Crazy spring weather on the farm. Some of it was sunny and warm. A lot of it was windy and chilly. There was some rain in there, and some hail, too. Fortunately most of the rain held off until later in the afternoon, just as we were planting in the shelter of the hoop house. We ended the day by hooking up an irrigation line to the (very dry!) hoop house and running the earliest irrigation ever on the farm – watering in a bed of spinach and another of lettuce.

This time of year it seems like a lot of what we’re doing is mowing and moving tarps around the fields. Tiiu also got a bunch of compost spread for upcoming plantings. Thursday looks like it’ll be a good planting window. We’re a little behind on plantings for a variety of reasons but there’s a good chance we’ll get caught up then. One of the reasons is that we got new trays for our seedlings and are using a different seed starting mix. The plants have slightly larger plugs to grow in and seem pretty happy with the mix so I’m happy leaving them in the relative warmth of the greenhouse for longer in order to get a bigger plant put out in the field.

Still a few spots left in for Spring CSA shares that start 6 weeks from Thursday so sign up soon!