Finding the perfect weather balance can be a bit confusing. We don’t want the rain so we can irrigate and the weeds elsewhere don’t grow, but we need the rain to water our cover crops. We don’t want the rain so that diseases don’t spread in the tomatoes, but we do want the rain to irrigate our direct seeded crops so we don’t have to run around on hot days pumping from the pond. We don’t want the rain because then markets aren’t as busy, but we do want the rain to help bring down the temperature and humidity. We don’t want the rain because then we can’t do a lot of things in the field, but we do want the rain so we can get a chance to step back and breathe.
The rain this week has made our buckwheat cover crop grow about 3 inches in 2 days. It irrigated many things, which gave us more time to focus on other parts of the farm. Despite the rainy weather, more and more tomatoes are ripening every day and our onions are looking beautiful. The breeze brought on by an approaching storm is very refreshing and helps us to work twice as hard as we do on a sunny day. This morning the weeds pulled out super easy and I didn’t even need to use a broadfork to harvest the carrots.
Though many people despise the rain, I cherish it and welcome the oncoming storm as a nice break from the sunny, hot Summer days.
Tomatoes (slicing and cherry)
Peppers (bell, frying, shishito)
Green Beans (limited)