What’s been going on!
The glorious weather is gone but it was amazing to be in the high 30’s on Saturday morning this late in the spring. We took great advantage of the last coolish days to give the blueberries a final weed eating and hand pruning, ready for the pickers. The first small batch of berries were harvested on Monday, second pass through today, they look great! With the impending heat it will be all hands on deck next week for sure.
Almost all the peppers are now in the ground, Jennie and Liz did a great job, helped by the soil moisture being just right for cutting the furrows in the no-till area which resulted in maybe the best planting conditions we have ever had. There are many difficulties in working with small scale no-till most of which are equipment related. In large scale no-till they have the advantage of bigger tractors, more horsepower and heavier steel to manage the cover crop and to put plants in the ground and of course in conventional farm systems, herbicides to kill the cover crop.
In our system we have a small, light, tractor and lighter cutting disks to cut through the thick cover crop and open the planting furrows. The biggest problem we usually have is that the massive cover crop sucks all the water out of the soil making it so hard that the cutting implements can’t open the soil well. Not this year, following last week’s 3 inches of rain, it had dried out just enough to work beautifully yesterday. It makes the hand planting of the peppers twice as fast.
We are getting painfully close to finishing up the building project with the septic system finally going in this week (held up by too much rain) and the bathroom floor and fixtures being finished up by the end of the week too. All that leaves is trenching in the water line and the electrician finishing up the plugs and lights, we can then call for a final inspection and get the power turned on. Can’t happen soon enough, we have no business working on a building project during the busy spring season.
Picture of the Week
Happy pepper plants in no-till left and landscape fabric right
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