Well, we had a fabulous turnout for our first work party of the season. It really did sort of feel like a party this time as everyone was super enthusiastic and hard-working! I'm happy I'm living on-site this year, so we could provide a nice meal of the very crops we were working in: beans and corn tortillas! Plus some salad from our gardens. Thanks to the great turnout and energy, we managed to retrive our large field of corn and loads of beans from the weeds and hill up our potato trials as well. Things are in great shape now as a result.
The earlier crops are mostly on their own now, as they've filled in their beds and are starting to wrestle with one another in areas (namely the unruly peas and grains). My barley is lodging (falling over) a bit, which is a pain, and all of my early transplanted corn - although over knee high, deep green and healthy as can be (yay) - looks to be sending up flower stalks already (not yay). I don't think that's a good sign but I can't remember, to be honest. The flax is flowering, one of the prettiest crops I've grown, and the beans are full and lush. It's interesting being right across the farm road from Dusty's traditionally-managed potatoes, getting watered and having had properly fertilized beds prepared. Ours were planted earlier but are much less full so far. I will be curious how the yields compare in the end, but with dry-farmed potatoes you get le
Krista is a life-long resident of Whatcom County, Washington State. She has been gardening and farming in the area for over 15 years.