The greatest virtue of man is perhaps curiosity ~Anatole France~


Summer Solstice

Although the Solstice was not marked by a party or get together to celebrate the long awaited daylight till 10pm it was a significant day at the farm.  After enduring a wet spring with cool unpredictable weather, the ambient soil temperature was not above 55 and ready for planting until last week.  With the unexpected help of a few friends and family members I was able to get most everything planted in two evenings and a few early mornings.  The total crop for this year is made up of 48 tomato plants of different heirloom varietals, 35+ basil plants plus an entire 30'x30' plot of large leaf seed basil, onions, garlic, melons, squash, cucumbers, pumpkins, sunflowers, numerous pepper varietals, broccoli, eggplant, carrots, gourds, lettuce, parsley, sage, rosemary, and egyptian walking onions. This is not to mention another large field seeded by my Dad with beans, peas, corn, potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, and garlic; he is a technician with his plot. The fruit trees are looking strong but I can already tell the effects of bugs which is an issue for any organic grower.  I plan to attach coddle moth traps this week to prevent further loss but with the defunct orchard next door it will be an uphill battle.  The blueberries are coming along and barring all the birds getting to them first it looks to be another great crop.  With some added work this weekend I believe I will have most everything dialed in.  All in all things are great at the farm.  Hopefully a few pickup games of volleyball will take place in the next few months and a harvest party to round out the growing season. [slideshow]