The Super-Damp Dirt on the Farm

3 consistent weeks of heavy rainfall later and the farm is a mess with weeds,
puddles, mosquitoes, and more weeds. It’s humbling to see our early successes in
keeping weeds at bay so vigorously thwarted, and at a time of year where we
don’t have much extra in the labor budget to boot. The broadleaf weeds that didn’t
make much of an appearance early are now out competing the foxtail, which has
out competed the thistle in some places. It’s Weed War III out here. We’re making
progress, at a rather tortoise-like pace. Nothing has been fully overrun by weeds
yet, but it’s getting a bit shady in the parsley patch, if you know what I mean;/

Weeds are not the only adverse effects of too much rain on crop health though.
Black rot, a bacterial infection, has shown up for the first time on our farm. It
has spread itself through the first cauliflower planting and on to the purple
peacock broccoli too. I’m doubtful it will spread further, but we’ll have to see.
Half of the spring cauliflower is in another field and isn’t showing any symptoms
of infection. Late Blight hasn’t shown up yet in the tomatoes, but since I just
spoke of it, I’d better go check them………seriously that’s how that blasted scourge
of summer works.
What does this mean for you and your share, all this rain? Have you ever heard
the expression:  You can’t do just one thing?!?! As the rains ruin some early
cauliflower, they also solidify the last mile long planting of carrots for the year
with timely moisture. The time spent not planting in the fields can be spent in the
greenhouse, or on projects that have waited since spring to get any sort of
attention.  The box prospects as a whole have not been significantly altered by
the rain, but they’ve most definitely shifted a bit, for better or worse. The impact of the rain now  on some of our late summer and early fall crops, is still hard to tell, but time and weather will tell.

All in all, the rains have made for lots of growth both with weeds, and many of the crops already in the fields.  There have been a few losses due to too much moisture, but hopefully things will normalize and those will be kept to a minimum.  We work to make the best of the excessive wetness and get projects done that we would have neglected had it not been a sloppy mess out. So, ultimately where we would have been behind we are not, and where we are not behind we normally would have been. Your farmer and the crew remain optimistic and continue to work hard each week to bring a beautiful box of bounty from our fields to your table.