We’re back in the saddle (or more accurately, tractor seat) again! The blog was on hiatus over the winter as we needed a break from writing as much as a respite from bean picking. Old Man Winter’s icy grip on the farm is over however, and we are feeling rested and excited to be back in the fields with our hands in the soil and sun on our necks.
The planting season is in full force. Yesterday, with the help of Joyce, we planted 2500 onions into plastic mulch. They were a hot seller last year and we hope as popular again this year. Pictured above is the first of three rows planted yesterday. This was the first use of the plastic mulch layer and water wheel for the year, and they functioned smoothly. It is always exciting when equipment doesn’t break or stop working after being stored for the winter. In addition to the onions, we have sown peas, radishes, lettuce, beets, carrots, spinach, and swiss chard. The potato fields are seeded and hilled with Yukon Gold, Kennebec, All Red, All Blue, and my first ever planting of fingerling potatoes.
Our high tunnel is also filled with summer crops. Over 200 tomatoes and 100 pepper plants have been transplanted into the ground and are growing vigorously. We are hoping for a crop as successful as last year when we harvested over 1500 pounds of beautiful tomatoes from this structure. We have added a second tunnel and are hoping to get the plastic stretched over it and planted in the next week.
Hope you are excited to share in the success and failures of another growing season at Jennings Brae Bank Farm. We might not be as prolific on the blog as in years past because of the time commitment of our larger gardens. We do promise to keep you updated to the major happenings around the farm.