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More Rain and the Deer...

Posted on by Tim Livingstone

We certainly have had plenty of moisture for a while!  Crops appear to be doing OK even with the all the rain, but it would help to have some warm sunny weather again.

Tunnels are very helpful in weather like this because we can control the moisture.  We wish we could invest in more tunnels, but everything takes time and money.  They are a good investment and something we will plan to add each year to the farm.  The more variable the weather, the more beneficial they are.

Cherry Tomatoes above and Sweet Peppers to the left are growing well in their respective tunnels.  We are letting the peppers mature a bit more and turn color.  They seem to be sweeter when they have turned color.

 


Kohlrabi is doing well and we hope to add it to the boxes either for Thursday or next week.  It is a vegetable in the cabbage family but looks a bit like a UFO or space ship.  It is much more common in Europe and actually has a nice mild flavor either raw or in stir fries, or even boiled in wedges.

 

I don't have a photo, but the deer are causing considerable damage to our sweet potato plants.  I tried to select crops the deer would not eat since I knew the deer liked the field, but I did not realize sweet potato leaves where on their favorite menu.  We are going to try spraying a fish oil mix to see if the smell of the ocean discourages them.  If this does not work, we are looking at having to put up quite an expensive fence system.  We did not need any more expenses this year, but we cannot afford to lose the crop either....

Our last batch of summer chicks have arrived.  We are trying a new nipple watering system that we hope will cut down the workload and help the birds by giving them more places to find clean water.  The wet ground has been a bit of a challenge, but the green grass and access to the soil give them a great start in life.  We learn something with each batch we complete so we hope to do better and better as time goes by.

The Raspberry season was very good and we are putting quite a few into the freezer for our winter program.  Highbush Blueberries are now starting up and look good too.


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