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July 17, 2016
Hot and Steamy
Notes From The Field
By Derek McGeehan
The farm received 5 inches of rain in 6 days last week, culminating with a 2-inch event that began while we were desperately trying to finish transplanting on Wednesday. Fortunately we were about 90% of the way through planting lettuces, beans, beets, cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower and managed to plant the final few beds as the rain began to fall lightly. What we thought was going to be a short-lived light rain middle-of-the-day rainstorm turned into 5-hour almost-deluge. Or, maybe it felt that way since the soil was near its saturation point. We were very lucky the ground was workable to prepare the raised beds for planting into following the 3 inches that came down over the prior weekend. Because much of the rain fell hard and fast, a lot of it rain off, and unfortunately took soil with it. We've been meeting with folks from the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service to help us figure out a longterm solution to abate the erosion in some particularly problematic locations. For now, we have to grimace, but try to at least appreciate the moisture for the crops.
Gabe inspects the 2nd scallion planting with flowering cilantro in the background.
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