Tuesday, August 30, 2016
In the Share: Week 17
SWEET PEPPERS F/P
CARROTS F/P baby orange ones from the summer harvest.
SUMMER SQUASH F yellow squash or zucchini
YELLOW ONIONS F/P
EGGPLANT OR OKRA F
HERBS F/P See Tom's post for more on our interesting assortment of herbs this week that includes basil, fresh fennel seeds and garlic chive flowers.
NEXT WEEK: peppers, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, potatoes and garlic.
The farm received nine inches of rain within a span of three days. Most of it fell Friday night when all of the creeks rose and lots of folks found water in their basements. It was what some folks around here call a real gully washer. We've done the good work of sowing the farm's gullies down in permanent sod, so instead the soil washed right over our newly-planted lettuce beds. Once it dries out enough to attempt it, we'll need a shovel to unearth what lies beneath.
Most of the crops weren't buried like the lettuce, and not even most of the lettuce got the full treatment, but there's other damage that is hard to see at first. When we get a big rain event like we had this week, water pools below ground long after the surface water has receded. Plant roots swimming in muck leads to root rot. Root rot leads to leaves wilting and yellowing. Not every crop is in this situation, but many are. If we get the weather that is forecasted for the next week, dry and sunny, we should see some recovery. If instead we get another slew of rain then it might be time to start wishing on rainbows.