Friday, May 27, 2011

Beautiful heads of leaf lettuces; the deer love them and I am sure that you will too!

The bit of warm weather really gave the spring crops a boost and the subsequent drop in temperatures didn’t faze them, but it kept us scrambling to cover the tender, warm season crops; tomatoes, cantaloupes, cucumbers and summer squash.  A new threat emerged when the deer found our beautiful butterhead lettuces and wiped out one planting in one evening.  We covered the remainder of the planting with snow fencing and we will have some spectacular heads of leaf lettuce for our Farm Share subscribers and also to go with strawberries at our Tilton farm stand.  We have 8 plantings of sweet corn planted and our next 4 plantings will include organic fields, which means chicken litter compost, cultivation for weed control and dosing the silks on each ear with vegetable oil and an organic pesticide.  We are just starting to seed 75 varieties of pumpkin and winter squash in flats, which requires considerable planning and tracking, from trays to the field.


Photo 1:  Our third farm share offering.

Photo 2:  Early tomatoes and cantaloupe (gamblelopes) under low tunnels.

Photo 3:  Some of our CSA beds.

Photo 4:  Snow fence for deer protection.

Photo 5:  Heads of leaf lettuce.

Photo 6:  Jason spreading organic fertilizer on sweet corn fields.

Photo 7:  Debbie and Norma preparing for pumpkin and winter squash seeding.

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