I hope you are having a wonderful Memorial weekend. Thank you to those of you who, and those who support those who, served in the United States Armed Services.
The temperature has really gone up here at the Micro Farm. Watering has become a daily activity. Each bed has been getting about forty-five minutes of water. Fortunately, the soaker hoses are doing well, and combined with the black plastic mulch I have been able to reduce water waste.
In the herb garden I planted several crops this week. I planted cilantro, two types of basil, and parsley.
In Circle Garden I planted popcorn.
I used the black plastic mulch again. I hope it will help keep soil temperatures warmer and also slow water evaporation. In the past I have struggled to keep my corn watered enough during the time kernels are developing. I hope the mulch will help me do a better job this year. The picture shows a couple of open spaces, those will be filled with pumpkins. I will let the corn come up before planting the pumpkins. If I do not wait the pumpkins will crowd out the young corn.
I also planted five or six cucumber plants. Last Fall I found several cucumber beetles floating around. To help prevent the cucumber beetles from attacking my cukes I purchased some insect barrier fabric. I created a mini low tunnel over my cukes.
I decided to try potatoes this year. I have about a pound of Red Norland potatoes. Consulting with my neighbor Ted, who is a fantastic gardener, he helped me cut the seed potatoes and prepare them for planting.
Walking around today there are some beautiful flowers around the Micro Farm
Today my big project was planting a native plant garden. I traveled outside of Ithaca to purchase plants. I chose native plants for this garden to attract butterflies and hummingbirds. They are also quick-growing so they should reduce the amount of weeding needed. These plants are also well adapted to this climate so I do not have to “baby” them along through the Winter.
The temperatures are going to be high for a couple of days and then drop. Hopefully, there will be lots of rain at the end of the week. My to-do list is getting longer everyday, but I am almost keeping up with it. I hope you are getting the chance to enjoy some delicious local food. I am looking forward to having peas soon, now that they are flowering I know peas will be in soon. What are you looking forward too?
Enjoy this season, learn from last season, and look forward to next season.