Savage Farming

Thursday, July 27, 2006

100

Still too damn hot for me. 20 minutes out in this stuff and I wanna puke. My greatest excitement right now is that temps might drop for the next 4-5 days, dipping down around 85 on Sunday. Oh, Heaven! please let it be so. I could get so much work done and not feel sick at the end of the day.

1 week from opening. We were going to open on Monday but the heat has slowed down our ability to get things done so much we've had to postpone until Thursday. That'll allow the first field of corn to reach full maturity and since it is small and will sell out fast a few extra days wait will allow the next field to catch up. Eggplant are looking really beautiful and we might even have the first few cantaloupe ripe by next week.

Unfortunately we are also having considerable trouble in our tomatoes. Blossom-end-rot has set in terribly. Normally we have little or no BER. The two contributing factors are lack of calcium and/or interrupted water cycles. We thought we had both these covered but this new field where we planted tomatoes was so calcium deficient that even our usual supplements weren't enough. That and a lack of communication with our landlord led to several weekends where our drip system wasn't running at all, he had shut off the automatic watering cycle to mow his lawn and didn't tell us this was going to be happening. Drip tapes must be run daily especially in loose sandy soils like this new tomato field. So we've lost about 30% of our tomato harvest in that field.

Wishing you all that delightful hair-raising tingley rush of seeing something truly beautiful and unexpected.

1 Comments:

  • That heat is terrible. And sorry to hear about the tomatoes. People just have no idea how hard it can be to grow things.

    By Blogger Rae Ann, at 7:01 AM  

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