From the Farm: Spring Harvest and Summer Transplants
It is really starting to heat up here in Georgia as the April rains have subsided. We have experienced some scattered showers in the first few days of May, but the ground begins to dry out rather quickly once temperatures start to climb into the mid- and upper- 80s. Our spring crops have really been producing over the last few weeks and with this spring harvest, we have experienced some of the highest yields to date since we began growing organically more than two years ago.
We have been steadily harvesting a wide array of vegetables including: cabbage, collards, broccoli, cauliflower, Swiss chard, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, spinach, bunching onions, rutabagas, and let’s not forget...loads of delicious strawberries!
We were able to get the majority of our summer transplants in the ground towards the end of last week and our first round of crookneck yellow squash is almost ready to be harvested. The first squash plantings always seem to do the best, as the pest pressure really increases in mid to late summer. Green tomatoes are starting to form on the early plantings we put out and okra, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, and peppers are in the ground and looking healthy.
We are going to be performing some field trials this summer on our cucumbers, eggplant and peppers using a liquid product known as Agri Pro. This is a product that is derived from naturally occurring organic materials and contains humic and fulvic acids, organic carbon, and a diverse population of beneficial bacteria and fungi. We will be applying this product as a foliar spray as well as through our drip irrigation system. We have designated “control” rows for each of the crops mentioned above that will receive only water and whatever organic fertilizers we typically use, and the “test” rows will receive the Agri Pro product. Hopefully, we will have some preliminary results to share next month and we can discuss the benefits of using a product like this.
That’s all for this month. There are far too many things to do out at the farm and not enough hours in the day to get it all done. We hope everyone has a wonderful May!