Right after our open house we started a week of planting. Up here it is definitely best to wait till after Memorial day to plant outside, but this year we had a night of 34 degrees even after Memorial Day, not quite frost but pretty cold none the less.
Since we are a small, family run farm it takes time to get our systems set up. Systems are things that make farming easier but often have an initial expense, so we have to work slowly. This year we invested in a plastic mulch layer. Plastic mulch is used for weed control, to heat up the soil, and retain moisture. In the past we have laid the mulch by hand and it would normally take us days (literally all day days) to lay a fraction of what we did with our tractor in a couple hours–see what I mean about making things easier?
Admiring the view.
On the way to plant.
Pray loves planting. We just had to make sure the plants actually made it into the ground.
Under the plastic mulch is drip tape that will be hooked up to a large hose that will be hooked up to this water storage container. It is a gravity fed system. The kids don’t care, to them it is a jungle gym.
We are now in the heavy duty prep time for our CSA. If you are interested in joining we still have some slots available. More information is available here.