Biggest news this week: our grafted tomatoes are planted in the high tunnel! It feels great to have that task behind us. They are a little late this year, but they will still give us delicious, juicy tomatoes earlier than the field tomatoes. They will even have the same great flavor because we grow them right in the soil behind our market! The plants are tied up already too. Usually, when we plant them in the field, the plants don’t need the support for at least two weeks. However, it was a little breezy today, and these plants are extremely sensitive because of the surgery they went through so we didn’t take any risks.
Back on our Albion farm, we are preparing ground to plant some new apple trees. We have a beautiful young orchard that we have been working on over the past decade or so, slowly adding more trees every year. This orchard is planted in a style called high density, which means a lot of trees per acre. They are only planted about three feet away from each other in rows twelve feet apart, as opposed to 15 to 20 feet like they did many years ago. They are also trellised with large wooden fence posts and wire which takes a lot of work. This is how all of our Snapdragon and Rubyfrost trees are planted. I will have pictures of this next week, and more later when we get our new trees planted.
In other news: The peas have broken ground! You can see the beautiful little cotyledons stretching their smooth blades and soaking in all this amazing sun. This means we will be putting in planting two very soon. All of the greenhouses now have plants in them! We moved hanging baskets into the last one today, and even the high tunnel got filled up. There is so much life and oxygen flowing from our plants, it really gives you an amazing feeling.
That’s all for this week, thanks for reading and see you next week!
Row cover Justin and I put on half of the sweet corn planting last week. Beautiful sight. The row cover I mean...