News From the Summer Soltice

June 24th, 2009, 10:44 am

          Wednesday morning, June 24th. Just took a walk around the farm to see how things are growing. There is an old saying that the best fertilizer is the farmer’s footprints across the field. The implication being that by walking the fields the farmer is able to observe what needs to be done. On this particular walk as my foot lifts off the ground, each footprint rapidly fills with standing water. I have observed that some of the crops are in puddles inches deep. A few growing beds have small rivulets moving across them. Weeds are everywhere and we can’t do anything about them. There are plug trays full of plants still waiting to go in the ground and the main crop of potatoes is yet to be planted – their intended home is a sea of mud. I could go on, but I will spare you from my dower mood. As for what to do? As far as I can see there is not much we can do except hope for sunshine and at least a week without rainfall. Both are remedies out of my control.
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