2019 Week 42, Summer CSA 20 of 26
It has been getting chilly at night, here on the farm. How wonderful! Although the Charlottesville forecast matches our highs, we are often about 7 degrees colder with the night-time lows. These last two nights have been 37-38 degrees. If this follows as a general rule, we may see a frost this Saturday morning. (The forecast calls for 38F, so there’s a chance.) As such, along with the sweet potatoes and sunroot to dig today, I will also have a look at the turmeric. How exciting.
Yesterday, I began the work of preparing beds for garlic, and was surprised to find some moisture at depth when I fractured the soil with the subsoiler — which we do to help ward against spring flooding and possible garlic drowning. The topsoil, of course, is still quite dry. But there is so much to ponder on that end, from mulch to compost to thoughts on the potential regenerative — that is, non-cyclical flow — aspect of plants and soils on rock. The drought, although disastrous for agriculture through much of the US this year — and incongruously following 20 million flooded acres this spring — has at least been strenuous in its forcing through more and more, apparently non-load-bearing, walls of personal farm thinking. That is, what else asks for so much, and nearly annual, shedding of skin?
Although it’s two months too late, we do have some rain in the forecast. I, for one, will spend at least a bit of it out in the fields, watching them drink.
Enjoy this wonderful weather,
See you on the farm,
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