So I had an idea to start listing some of the greatest successes and struggles of the farm thus far and decided on this format. I'll post everything that's been going well under "the good," everything that's been rough under "the bad," and one of the most ridiculous and hardest moments we've gone through under "the ugly." Here's the first post.
The MANY varieties of lettuce all are looking GREAT
Beautiful and numerous varieties of Kale
The Beets are bulbing up
A lot of nice cabbage plants
Our 60 hens showed up in fine and healthy form
The potatoes are growing like gang busters in all this rain
We've had lots of support from the local community
The Pick-your-own cut flower patch
Lots of healthy (though late) peas
Our 2-wheel tractor does a pretty good job of weeding
We've had a nice balance of wet and dry weather since May ended
The tomatoes are all staked!
lots of very nice looking pepper plants
Our chicken coop pulls smoothly and looks like it'll be easy to manage
The turkeys are finally over the hump
Pests!!! Squash bugs, flea beetles, potato beetles, and some unknown yellow and black beetle that also likes squash related plants. As our first year farming here we were hoping for a honeymoon from these guys, but I guess they found us right quick...
A really really really wet May
The Spring Broccoli got put out into the field a bit too early and bolted right off resulting in a lot of small heads of broccoli that we have to freeze instead of eating fresh
A finicky seeder that doesn't plant densely enough
Turkeys are really hard to raise from poults
This last storm knocked over a good 10% of our tomatoes breaking the stems at the base. Fortunately we saved all of our extra's after planting, so we can at least still go out and replace all the ones that don't make it.
Dealing with biodegradable plastic...
Not having sold quite as many shares as we'd hoped
Jesse, Caitlin and I all running around frantically in the middle of the last thunderstorm trying to collect all of our tools and bury the exposed plastic we'd been working with while lightning was touching down about a hundred yards off. I've never felt more like a lightning rod than when I was running to the greenhouse through a wet puddle filled field with rain pouring down on me and three scuffle hoes balanced on my shoulder.