The good, the bad, the happy, the sad

Flooding results!

The good:  Onions.  Sweet potatoes.  Corn.  Pumpkins.  And of course the garlic is good, since it’s growing in another county.

The bad: Peas.  Radishes.  Lettuce.  Herbs. Green beans.

The happy:  Things that took up an entire row generally had some survivors on the ends of the rows.  Things that hadn’t germinated yet had their best chance ever to do so.  And in the worst spots of the flood, even the weeds died!

The sad:  There’s no way to replant peas this late.  And I do SO love peas.  And the weeds are way, way, way ahead of us now since we were unable to even walk in the field for a week.

Everything else is somewhere in the middle, since as I said above, most things had some survivors at the ends of the rows.  We’re in the midst of cherry harvest and so spare time to weed is unfortunately limited.  Perhaps in the next few days I will catch up with the cherry tree & then be able to do some replanting & weeding.  The current forecast predicts no more rain until at least Friday– HALLELUJAH!

The sweet smell of receding flood waters

If you’ve ever been around a place that’s recently been flooded, I think you know what I mean.  Yuck.  It smells like “The Swamp Thing” is just around the corner.

Fortunately, many things seem to have survived the flooding.  Including, of course, the crabgrass and thistles. The onions seem particularly perky after getting all of that rain in a week.  I guess I can be a bit more generous with their irrigation once the field dries out again.  The sweet potatoes were planted in a long mound (think giant molehill) and they barely got wet feet.  They are loving the heat & I expect great things from them.  The regular potatoes look good also.  The started-from-true-seed potatoes were probably killed by the flooding, as they were still quite small, but I haven’t been able to see for sure.

Today might be the day where it actually gets dry enough for me to walk out in the field again.  I tried yesterday, but had to turn around before I started losing shoes in the mud.

We’ll have most of the same things at the market this weekend that we had last weekend.

Our cherries are getting ripe.  I’ve never had a cherry tree before and it’s very pretty.  Another bonus item on the property is black rasperries.  With the amount of rain we’ve had, there should be a great crop.  The same fencerows that are full of raspberries are also full of poison ivy, so we’ll just have to be careful at harvest time.  The black raspberries are just starting to form- I think they still have another 3-4 weeks before ripening.

I’m really glad our garlic was planted in a different county.  We are going to have to find the highest spot on the property to plant in it the fall!

The SWIMMING Engineers

Our area has been deluged with rain lately.  The neighbors recorded 5 inches on Saturday alone.  The field is attempting to recover from lake status.  More rain is predicted tonight; I only hope it’s not another 5 inches.  I didn’t enjoy seeing my drip tape floating on top of water.  There is a flash flood watch for at least half the state tonight.

The farmer’s market on Saturday was a bit of a washout, since that was the day we were getting the five inches of rain.  They tell me it doesn’t happen too often, and we will have plenty of garlic scapes for weeks to come.  I pulled 539 of them on Friday.

This week’s fun

It rained a lot this week.

Most of the sweet potatoes made it into the ground yesterday, despite the best efforts of Baby B. to pull them all out as fast as they went in.  We were actually out there in the rain and were both very muddy.

I have some exceptional peonies for the market this week.  They have a bit of a stripe in them, and unless I’m imagining things, a bit of a minty aroma.

Today I harvested & bunched the first of the radishes.  They are a little on the small side, but still look good.  I’ve only grown really large radishes in the fall- sort of like carrots, I suppose.  They do better with the cool weather.  We HAD cool weather until recently!  Today it’s supposed to hit 90 for the first time.

Garlic fans note:  Big piles of garlic scapes are waiting for you.

Warm weather at last!

We had a beautiful day on Saturday for the market.  Peonies and pea shoots were popular.

Everything is now planted except for the sweet potatoes.  They should be done either Monday or Tuesday.  The warm weather means that the crabgrass is really taking off, so I’ll be spending more quality time with the wheel hoe.  Only certain areas of the field are affected by the crabgrass plague.

When I harvested some green garlic on Thursday, it was clear that scapes were getting ready to pop.  I am looking forward to harvesting them this week.

We are doing research on a better way to handle our pea shoots this week.  They made it about halfway through the market day on Saturday, and I know we can do better.  So delicious, they are worth the trouble!