Thursday, June 9, 2011

Beach Farm Morning

I am now beginning to curse the peas for continuing to produce. Tomatoes. Tomatoes. Tomatoes.

We get a handful or two each time we visit. Chard is pumping out the leaves now. And, I've decided to wrap up the broccoli for the season.

Despite the side shoots, and this lone central head yet to fully emerge.

I've released the broccoli from its tent, baring all to the sun and passers-by who wondered what ugly offspring could have needed to be covered so. Lay all the eggs you want, cabbage moths! By this weekend, or maybe Monday, Poblano seedlings I started two weeks ago will be in this bed, and an eggplant or two, and a hot pepper of some kind or another. And the other beds retro-fitted for green bean seeds.

The tomatoes are putting on some growth now, beginning to rise to the first run of netting. When we get back, I expect, the tomatoes will be at least twice as tall. 

I left for the farm around 6:45 am so that I could test the system, particularly the overheads, while no one was at the farm. Sour luck, the before work crowd was there. I waited till they were off, and tested, tested, tested.

Outside of imperfect coverage, it generally works. The overheads are needed for broadly seeded beds where dribbling emitters would be tedious. Herbs like parsley, the greens, the seeded carrots, and leeks are all good examples. Each tomato has its own in-line emitter -that works well, and was easy.

Refreshing on a hot day.


  1. Ooh, I love your watering system. Where did you get this from? Is it a local source. BTW, do you use diachotemous earth? I've been trying to find a local source to buy it from but it's no where to be found. Want to get rid of annoying bugs that are ravishing my strawberry bed.

  2. When you get back? Are you headed for MN?

  3. Meems,

    I got most of the parts from (peacefulvalleyfarmsupply). But, I got my emitters from a place in Bay ridge. Its on my garden center map, I think called Indoor/outdoor gardening. I haven't used it recently, but indoor/outdoor may have that too.

    Ellen, We'll be back around The 4th and yes, back out to the edge of the big woods. If all goes well, I'll get some letters out. Hoping to go to Seeds of Change in Iowa (having a show there next winter).

  4. Meems, the last sentence -that is diatomaceous earth


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