The Solstice Approaches!

I am finally getting back on the blog horse after too long since the last post. I thought I’d give a report-of-sortsĀ on how things have gone now that we’re at the end of spring.

The early heat in late March made for one of the worst years in decades for maple syrup production. We didn’t even get half of the expected amount of syrup because the season was so short.

The plus side was that gardening could begin about 3 weeks earlier than usual. Unfortunately the spring rains did not come during the heat wave and much of our plantings dried up after sprouting. Despite this a lot of our seeds still emerged and flourished.

Then came a cold wave in the latter half of April. This fluctuation in temperature caused our radish, spinach, arugula, and rapini plantings to bolt to seed prematurely. Bolting is when a plant starts to grow a fibrous stalk and produce flowers and then seeds, which causes many of its leaves to shrink, die off, or turn yellow. So our harvest of these crops was minimal at best.

May and June have been good though. There’s been regular rain between good stints of warm weather which has been just about perfect for our crops. We have a wide variety of vegetables planted and transplanted, which are doing quite well, including:

cucumber

beets

broccoli

cauliflower

cabbage

corn

beans

peas

dill

fennel

peppers

eggplants

celery

tomatoes

cilantro

rapini

onions

leeks

potatoes

garlic

zucchini

winter squash

calendula

artichokes

And probably a few I’m forgetting…

Things are shaping up well for the summer!

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