Field Notes. Well, it has been dry. Monday night's rain was about a half inch. Optimum rainfall for growing food is an inch each week. Although we started the season wet and cool, Ken cannot remember measurable precipitation since early July. What has saved us has been the years of growing the organic matter in the soil. Ken read last winter that for each percentage point of organic matter, the soil can hold an inch of water. So our 6% organic matter provides a buffer when there is no rain. Other farmers are often shocked at how little we irrigate. This is the reason why.
|corn, potatoes, squash|
|planting future greens|
|zuchetta and "regular" zucchini|
Last week I made a tomato salad (from the blemished tomatoes). I use a combination of balsamic vinegar and olive oil with finely sliced ribbons of basil. After I served it the guests asked me to bring it to their pot luck! A friend does the same combination, but instead of wedges he slices tomatoes, drizzles the dressing between and reassembles them. He serves by slicing with a sharp knife - very beautiful presentation.
'Til next Week,