I am finding that the tweet size facebook status updates are just too small to talk about the farm and what is going on. At the same time, I never really feel like most of what I have to say quite justifies a blog, so I guess I am somewhere in the middle.
Today was another great day. First day without rain in who knows how long. I was able to get out and run the mower deck on the tractor for a while, which is always enjoyable. Mowed around the bee hives and they were just abuzz. I am very happy to see the numbers in the hives building up, lots of foraging bees going to and fro, and lots of nectar and pollen returning to the hives. Brings a big ole smile to my face!
After some mowing it was time to pick one of our two most reliable crops, rocks. Don’t know which is better, the rocks or the thistle. Both of them have you either bent over or crawling around on your knees. Both are very uncomfortable to crawl around in on your knees too. The thistle is a very sharp, stickly mess that always seems to come back. While the rocks are not as likely to poke you uncomforatbly, they are much heavier to haul around in buckets. They seem to always come back too. I have to say it is a good thing that I really don’t mind dealing with either of them:-)
At the end of rock moving, it looks like there is enough room cleared out to till for the beans and the summer squash. Hopefully tilling and spreading fertilizer will be tomorrow. It is definitely time to get seed in the ground! For beans this year it looks like Black Turtle and Red Kidney for dry beans and for fresh snap we are hoping for Provider green bush, Gold Rush yellow wax, Dragon’s Tungue, Burgandy Bush and Kentucky Wonder for the old fashioned green string bean! Getting them in the ground shouldn’t be hard, keeping the stink bugs off of them could be another issue altogether : /
When I had moved just about as many rocks as I was up to it was time for the fun part of the job, harvesting! Picked the first batch of Sugar Anne Sugar Snap Peas. They are fatnastic. Won’t have many of them, but should have a pound or two by the weekend. In another week or so our main crop Sugar Snaps will start to come in, followed by English Shelling and finally Snow. We have been really pleased with how they are doing this year, and if our customers like them half as much as we do, we will definitely make them one of our staple crops!