So let’s start with the good. The rain, combined with a very brief dry spell followed by torrential rain this week has made the pepper tomato plants very happy. They have shot up and some of the varieties have started to flower.
The very cold winter was hard on the berry plants. We lost quite a few raspberry plants that we have been diligently replanting. And many of the canes on the blackberry plants failed to bud because of freeze damage. So our berry yields will be a bit lighter than we hoped.
It takes 100 years for topsoil to develop naturally. It is the most critical component in the growth of healthy plants. As an organic farmer, I work tirelessly to keep the soil full of nutrients through crop rotation, cover crop planting and composting.
Yesterday’s rain took away some of our top soil in less than one hour. We finally got one of our fields dried out enough earlier this week to till and get the plastic mulch laid. Bus as you can see, the field is now riddled with canyons where the top soil once was. Fortunately much of the soil is at the bottom of the field so we can replace some of it. And it is also fortunate that we didn’t plant this specific field yet either.