Special Spring Rain

Fava Beans on their trellis; almost 4 feet tall

Nice to see the rain finally,  it really has been a dry spring.  Seed germination is a delicate little dance; seeds need soil that’s moist enough to soak and soften their outer layers, but weather that’s warm enough to wake them up. A dry spring stretch can set a crop’s harvest back a week while we wait for rain.

The seedlings are loving the fresh drink,  perking up, growing roots, getting ready for a summer show. Our tomatoes have started the climb up their trellis strings, and we are pruning them almost continually. Signs of fresh red fruit, like strawberries and tomatoes are showing in the fields, but as usual the slugs have shown up for first dibs on these beauties.

It’s is a very optimistic time to be a farmer in Western Washington– especially after the last two cold and wet springs. The early warmth is giving a head-start to the important harvests that keep customers coming back–juicy strawberries, thick red beets, fresh green garlic, and flavor-amazing tomatoes. So much depends on weather. So far this year, it’s looking good.

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