Admin note: so technical issues weren’t quite as resolved as Megan had hoped. Megan thinks it’s now resolved. With luck we’re all back up and running.
It has been so long since we have written, it’s hard to know where to pick back up. Farming is so very much dependent on the weather and the seasons – fighting either is a fool’s game. But seasonal means cyclical and we have been writing notes about our adventure for nearly four years and so many things seem redundant to share. How many times can we write about planting tomatoes and still make it interesting? It’s always a bit of a struggle to figure out if the mundane is of interest or if we should just highlight the big changes. So thank you for being interested in our lives.
It’s summer right now – hot, humid, and very, very sunny. The weather gods have been kind to us this year. It has been hot and humid as usual, but this year we are getting the much needed rain. Just about the time we worry about having to water the trees, we get a really nice rainfall, and at night! We received 33 mm at the end of last week, and three weeks ago we had 26 mm. So at least this year our pasture is growing, the trees and vegetable garden are getting watered and we have yet to have to buy supplemental feed for the cows and sheep.
The good summer weather, no matter how hot, is a nice change from the spring. Spring arrived with lots of heavy rain and cold winds. We lost a lot of flowers and leaves off the olive trees and our fruit trees. Some of the vegetables Megan had already put in the ground, other seedlings were hardening off – a large percentage of both died from the frigid winds. It set back everyone in the region with regards to getting the spring planting done – from backyard gardens to large plantation crops. Our garden was already been behind in getting planted because our garden beds did not get properly winterized and we needed to amend some of the beds, so it was first “fix” the bed then plant it. But hard to fix a bed when it’s mud and weeds long into spring.
So in stead of fixing the beds first, one of the first things we felt obligated to plant was potatoes. Due to the overall poor weather for the last two years, the potatoes available to purchase have been of marginal quality. Megan found, bought, and we then planted about 500 seed potatoes.
So while I had a hard time understanding why we created yet another garden plot in which to plant potatoes, we did. (Megan gave lots of explanation. Jon concurred. Ruben agreed. It’s still a whole extra garden bed.) We worked hard and fast to get the seed potatoes into the ground during their planting window. Despite agreeing on the merits of a potato bed, Ruben did not agree with Megan on how to plant the potatoes. So, we did it his way.
Due to a combination of weather, our soil, and the manner in which the potatoes were planted, we had a failed crop. Next year, we will try again. This time planting them Megan’s way.