Growing Tadpoles

growing_tadpoles

We just have too many things to get done in too few sunny days so it seems that we are growing tadpoles!  The picture shows the mud puddle next too our barn that is our “frog and toad incubator”.

 

Ok… I’m certainly glad the drought is over and I am dealing with the fact that we just got 2 years of rain in the last month; however, our peppers, eggplant and winter squash are ready to be transplanted to the field but our ground is too wet to make beds. We had 9.73 inches of rain just in May and 19 inches so far this year. What is a farmer to do? We simply wait for the ground to dry up enough so the soil can be worked. I am thankful that we have peppers and eggplant growing in the greenhouse because these crops might provide us with enough food for the CSA since our field crops are going out later than usual.

Our neighbor Alvin who has been farming their entire life has a famous saying,

A dry year will scare you to death but a wet year will kill you.

Right now I am feeling like that saying is ever so true. I am just praying for a reprieve so that we can transplant our peppers, eggplant, summer squash and winter squash out to the field.

On the bright side…. The frogs love this weather and we watched a few tadpoles turn into frogs this past weekend hopping happily away from their mud puddle to hopefully eat some mosquito larva and other bugs! Our spring crops that were transplanted over a month ago are beginning to grow; however our most recently transplanted crops are just waiting for some sunshine

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