Last week brought very welcome sunshine and breezes to the farm, allowing us to continue transplanting and seeding. We were also able to disc the last of the fields for future plantings. Though we did not need the 1 3/4 inches of rain that fell over the weekend, we rested easy knowing that we are caught up on our planting. We just put in our next plantings of broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kohlrabi and lettuce and a second planting carrots, beets, spinach, chard and herbs. Newly seeded crops this week were beans, turnips, salad mix, arugula, and parsnips. We even snuck a few sunflowers, zinnias and calendula in just before the rains fell. It is lovely to see the splash of color that flowers bring to the farm.
After a little wrestling with the PTO, Nick was able to get our new flail mower up and running this week, mowing what seemed to be an abundant crop of dandelions growing in our windbreak. If you have a hankering for dandelion greens, come on out. They are tasty!
We also had a chance to set up our irrigation lines this week, a guaranteed way to bring on more rain. That abundant rain on Friday and Saturday (too wet to be in the fields!) allowed us family time to explore Piepenberg County Park between Litchfield and Hutchinson and the Litchfield rail yard with Abe. We are thankful this little guy loves being outside. He especially loves looking at birds and trees.