Here are a few things I gleaned from my harvest day today:
- flea beetles are officially my nemesis
- we are never planting bok choy or tatsoi again
- organic vegetable farming is endlessly challenging, puzzling and entertaining
- ladybugs make my day
- sugar snap peas and strawberries are some of the best parts of May
- the amount of vegetables that have to be planted in a timely manner in May is overwhelming and astounding and I’m still not sure how we manage to pull it off every year. I should probably bite my tongue as we are nowhere near coasting toward summer yet
- water is life
- people power!
- carrying around a notebook in my pocket to write down every farm observation is super important, but I still don’t do it consistently
- Organizing the farm to-do list is still best accomplished with a pen, notebook and calendar.
- working with your husband is pretty great when you don’t fight, aren’t stressed and he sends you sweet texts while harvesting rapini
- May is just downright zany and overwhelming! Tonight, we made a list of everything that had to be planted in the next 3 – 4 weeks and I count 30 crops, multiple varieties of each. Timing is crucial for some of them, i.e parsnips, winter squash to name a few. If they don’t get a full season to mature, they don’t mature, so it is a must that they go in on time!
- Possibly planting a field this year without deer fencing. Not sure whether we are going to regret this or not.
- Weeds grow fast in May.
- The day was just downright gorgeous. Thankful for the place we call home.
For market tomorrow:
- Broccoli raab
- French Breakfast radishes
- Salad Greens
- Mustard greens
Soon–peas, strawberries and sweet onions!