Every farming season has it’s challenges, and this season our issues are mice, cucumber beetles, and phytophthora/fusarium. Even with all these problems we are still hopeful that we will harvest bountiful CSA shares mostly because we plant extra varieties of veggies for redundancy should we have crop failures.
On Monday this past week we spent laying down paper mulch between our beds of winter squash and melons in hopes of not having to weed these crops. This involves hauling tons (Literally, that is how many pounds of rocks the farm crew has carried!) which are used in securing the mulch to the ground should the winds pick up in our valley. This is only a time saving effort if the winds do not carry the paper mulch away so we will keep you posted as to whether this works for our current growing season. Our hope is that in the future we can grow straw mulch for keeping the weeds down between these crops.
Thursday the farm crew weeded a gazillion onions. SO THANK YOUR FARM CREW! It is not such a fun job because we are all anxious to know if these onions survive our weeding. Onions are so shallow rooted that they easily pull up with the weeds. This year our onions were overtaken by nutsedge (see earlier post) so we were unable to hoe them and resorted to hand pulling weeds from about 1/3 acre of onions. Normally the CSA gets the first harvest of all our crops while the farm crew waits until a crop is at “peak production”; however, the farm crew will deserve Carl’s French Onion Soup after our first onion harvest.
Another interesting article about water shortages – especially for farmers – and Jack C. may be interested because it talks about your home town Austin Texas.