Early May at the Farm.

Finally, the sun is shining, the fields are drying, and we are busy planting!

The spring transplants are starting to take off after a brief transplant shock. We can see kale leaves growing and small kohlrabis starting to bulb up.

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Our field of garlic overwintered fairly well, especially considering the winter we had this past year. Students from the College of Agriculture came to the farm recently to sow cover crop seed in the aisles. This cover crop has now produced a nice, lush, green carpet that is outcompeting the weeds between our rows of garlic.

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This week, we had two big planting events. We transplanted our tomatoes onto black plastic. The black plastic helps to heat up the soil for warm-loving tomatoes, while also cutting way down on our weed pressure. Our tomato varieties for 2015 include Big Beef, New Girl, Amish Paste, Speckled Roman, German Johnson, Persimmon, Pineapple, Black Velvet, and Cherokee Purple.

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We also planted an entire field of potatoes with our five full time staff members. We have two rounds of potato plantings, but for the first round, we planted Kennebec, Chieftain, Magic Molly, and Salem.

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Next week, we hope to plant peppers and corn!

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