What’s been going on!
People always ask what do you do about insects and diseases as they think those are the worst pests we deal with but I always say that the four legged walk in pests do way more damage than the flying or crawling kind and this past week has been ultimate example of that.
It started last week when a deer got inside the fence (the deer always do whacky things when having fawns) and ate several hundred dollars worth of lettuce, radicchio and escarole. We protected the remaining lettuce plantings by surrounding it with the electric net fencing that we used to keep predators away from the turkeys all those years. Then the squirrels started to eat all of the first ripe tomatoes, especially the tunnel nearest the tree line, now you are making me mad!
Betsy then reported that she thought that something was pulling the new cucumber vines off the trellis. When I picked tomatoes on Monday it was a horror show of half eaten fruit and I also noticed deer tracks all around the tomato tunnels too. We had lost, at least, yet another $200 in tomatoes. Now we are talking a battle.
We surrounded the tomato tunnels with more turkey netting and that would take care of the deer and any opossums, raccoons and groundhogs but the squirrels can run right through the gaps in the net. Finally Tuesday when I saw a groundhog running out of the cucumbers I knew who had been pulling the vines off the trellis. This was a triple whammy!
Now we try and work around most of these issues with fencing and electricity and for that past 5 years Jennie’s dog had kept the groundhogs and deer at bay. For the past 7 days I have been on patrol and suffice it to say that many squirrels and one groundhog have moved on to their final pastures. This morning’s tomato pick yielded much better results!
Picture of the Week
Look close and you can see all the tomatoes thrown away and the netting protecting them now.
What’s going to be at Market?
A few more Tomatoes this week! Mostly Cherokee Purples, Big Beefs and Sungolds with a few Italian Oxhearts and Yellow tomatoes. More Basil including Opal Basil and Lemon Basil and lots of Cucumbers too!
Green Little Gem this week, may be limited. Our favorite hot weather green is back, Callaloo! We call it Jamaican spinach, a quick saute with a little onion and garlic and you will have a great summer side dish.
Annabelle Hydrangeas make their late spring appearance. More of the brilliant Zinnias and the Gloriosa Daisies (Black Eyed Susan).
As a reminder if there is anything that you would like for us to hold for you at market just let us know by e-mail, by the evening before, and we will be glad to put it aside for you. Just so you know, sometimes not everything listed will be at the Wednesday market.
Hope to see you all at the market!
Alex and Betsy
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Sorry to read about all the challenges you have had, and continue to have! Would you mind setting aside 3 pounds of mixed tomatoes for me. Many thanks and good luck!