This month has had some swings in temperatures but so far all the plants are looking green & lush. We have yellow summer squash and zucchini’s growing they are about 2 inches long and soon will harvest size. Anyone ever growing zucchini’s knows there are always an abundance of them, they grow huge overnight sometimes. The cherry tomatoes are about the size of peas and the 1 plant is loaded. We are hoping to have them soon at the AZ RT 66 Farmers Market in either Ash Fork or Seligman. We will be transplanting peas, cucumbers and cantaloupe today or tomorrow once the cabbage and lettuce are pulled. Several flowers, strawberries, herbs, etc need transplanted as well but they more than likely stay in the greenhouse. All the plastic has been removed from the greenhouse and shade cloth is up in the sides to keep the more delicate plants from the intense heat of the afternoon. There’s always something to do here on our micro farm but we love it.
Today is the first official start of monsoons and hopefully since the temperature has gotten so hot so quick that we’ll get some much needed rain. It feels like we skipped Spring and went straight to Summer.- From snow not long ago to 80+ degree days. Definitely some weird weather this year.
We have started transitioning the greenhouse to shade cloth instead of plastic- the wind helped take the plastic off the top and part of the ends. Some plants will have to stay in there for the summer because they can’t be out in the hot sun here. We may have to use some row covers on the raised beds depending on what is planted in each bed.
Happy Fathers Day!
Yes we do love our weeds! That sounds funny but weeds have helped tremendously over the years bringing back coverage over the bare land and adding some fertility along the way. For the most part we don’t disturb any weeds other than our driveway/pad up by our house. Oh and all the goat head plants can go too because those darn things hurt to bad. No going barefoot here.
The exception is if the weeds start to get a foot tall then I’ll cut them with a scythe and leave them where they land for additional coverage all without pulling up the roots. Since we are on a hill erosion control is also part of our plan. We have had some beautiful wild flowers and native grasses this year not seen in several years, all the moisture over the winter and spring helped. Sadly most everything will be brown and dead soon before monsoons get here, that’s all part of living in Northern Arizona. 🍃🍂
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