Timely rains and cooler temps have kept the irrigators at a standstill. We have yet to have to water too many things which is nice from the standpoint that Mother Nature is treating us well. Everything in the field looks gorgeous and harvest has begun on certain items with many more to follow in the coming weeks. A few things are running a bit behind from the cold nighttime temps, but it sure makes sleeping a wonderful thing this time of year.
We started harvesting sugar snap peas and kale this past week and next week we will start Napa cabbage and green cabbage. Sweet corn has started to tassel and we will figure on starting about July 20th. Our first planting of cucumbers will be our second planting and the second planting will become our first… Did you just read that right? Yup, our first planting sat in the ground and came up weak due to the cold and wet weather and when the weather turned we put in our second planting because we didn’t think the first was going to come up. As it turned out the second planting was more vigorous and bypassed the first planting… No big deal for now, but it becomes a big deal when we start harvesting because we will have too many cucumbers to harvest, pack and market. Peppers are progressing well with a projected harvest start date of August 1st.
We have a few things left to plant: green beans, cucumbers, cabbage, Napa cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and some miscellaneous items for the CSA. Keep hoeing, we have been aggressively been hoeing many of the fields, the weeds do not sleep and there is nothing more that will hurt your yields than weeds, weeds, weeds.