I feel like we are living in the rain forest! It has been raining almost every day for 2 weeks! Everything is lush and green. It has been challenging getting into our fields on time. Our soil is high in clay which means it retains nutrients and water better than a sandy soil. It also means we need a few days of dry weather to be able to prepare beds for planting. Otherwise the soil just sticks to the equipment and clumps up. It is also bad for soil compaction.
With all this wet weather we are late getting our potatoes and sweet corn planted. We still have time as there are about 100 growing days left in the season. But they will not come as early as they have in the past. It was too wet for our strawberries and they went bad on the vine.
Other plants are loving this wet cool weather. The lettuces, spinach, and radishes have all been sweet, crisp and juicy. The tomato plants are shooting into the sky. You can expect lots of tomatoes this season! The green beans are growing really fast right now too.
Let’s not forget the weeds. They are at their heaviest pressure right now, lasting for the next month. We have lost some scallion beds to the weeds because we couldn’t get to all of them in time. It’s hard to weed when it is so wet. The soil clumps up around the hoe or comes out in large chunks when you pull them. If you leave the weed laying with the roots touching the soil they will stand right back up again!
At the end of every rainstorm is a rainbow. Find a rainbow of vegetables in your CSA box each week and bring new meaning to the phrase “Taste the Rainbow!”