Sunday, May 4, 2008

Spinach Finally Planted



I have finally planted my spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and romaine lettuce between rainshowers. I think this is going to be one of those challenging springs...

After I finally got part of the garden ready and installed my drip tape irrigation and covered my ridges with black plastic, the next night a pair of deer crossed through the garden punching holes in my plastic with their feet. Since the spinach has been planted the wind has been extremely high, breaking off many of the leaves. The plants are now showing signs of new growth and we are starting to harvest a little spinach.

This past Friday morning a line of thunderstorms passed through and I think I must have experienced a "micro burst" of wind. It broke off my electric pole which provides power to my wellhouse that is my source of water for the gardens. It also blew over a telephone pole and moved some wooden pallets by my barn about 10 feet. I was finally able to get a new electric pole installed today and my power is now back on-line so I can get water to my tomato, pepper and eggplant transplants sitting in one of my high tunnels. Our temperature dropped to 32F last night which I hope is the last cold night this spring.

I'm looking forward to the weather this next week being more cooperative so I can get some tomatoes planted.

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