We are currently in the midst of one of the coldest and wettest springs in my 14 years of farming. As such we have been behind on a number of field tasks.
Here are some of the strategies that I’ve found helpful:
ENSURE ADEQUATE SOIL PREPARATION
Some ground preparation is better than none. Minor problems can always be smoothed over later.
MINIMIZE FIELD WORK WHEN GROUND IS WET
A boot sinking 4″ into the soil is borderline dry for this year.
AVOID PLANTING INTO WEEDY AREAS
Under wet conditions, you should properly identify weed pressure. Under current conditions, the following is not considered weed pressure:
In fact, can you identify what is crop and what is not?
In such situations, some form of intervention may be warranted.
That’s right, it was a tiny tomatillo plant!
USE APPROPRIATE TOOLS
BE SATISFIED WITH A JOB WELL DONE
And with that, the last of our seed tomatoes and tomatillos are planted. Only a few more peppers to go!
I hope you too have found ways to cope with your spring calamities.