Thursday, 21 July 2011

A very different summer

When it's 36 degrees in the shade, you gotta do what you can to keep cool!

This is the first hot dry summer we've had since we started the farm, so we're using our irrigation system for the first time. It's a drip system which conserves water and allows us to irrigate a large field all at once.

It might feel a little uncomfortable to us, but for many plants, this weather is ideal. Tomatoes, peppers and eggplant are happy as can be. And these melons will be ripening up in no time!
We use a plastic mulch for some crops, which blocks out weeds, holds moisture and warms the soil in the spring.