Today started out like every Monday, starting lettuce and working in the greenhouse. We’ve gotten to a point where all the work in the greenhouse gets finished by noon. After lunch I tilled and planted some arugula and then hoed around basil. We finished early today, but around 8pm we discovered a bee swarm on the fence behind our house. So the bee clinic paid off tonight when we suited up and captured the swarm (picture).
We harvested lettuce (picture) today for Wednesday’s market and for our first delivery to the Olympia co-op. So the morning for me was spent washing and boxing up lettuce.
In the afternoon I went out to thin and clean up along some tree lines in the fruit orchard (picture) to make it easier to mow around.
We did some weeding around carrots and corn this morning and packed-up the van for market. In the afternoon I did some mowing with the big tractor around newly planted trees. It was kind of difficult because the grass was six feet tall and the trees are maybe two to three feet tall. The last thing on the list was getting lettuce ready for the Olympia co-op again. Deliveries to the co-op are on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.
This morning we did some cultivating in the field until around 11am. Then we left for Mt. Vernon, WA, about three hours north of us. The WSU extension there had a small grains field day where we walked around the school’s farm and talked about various experiments involving grains. They’re growing barley, rye and wheat, but it seemed like the primary experimenting was with wheat. They have wheat strands from over 25 countries that they’re using to test and develop wheat that is resistant to the northwest’s climate and diseases. The northwest, specifically Skagit County where the school is, produces more bushels of wheat than so-called wheat producing areas of the US such as Kansas and Minnesota. So the experiments are focusing not only on further development of wheat genetics, but also developing and marketing a supply chain of wheat in and from the northwest. Here are some pictures. And here is the WSU website.
We finally got back to our farms WSU reduced till experiment today and planted squash (pictures still to come). Then we started harvesting for tomorrows market. We finished the lettuce after lunch and spent the rest of the day harvesting all kinds of other stuff. Garlic Scapes, spring leeks, chard, cilantro, dill, fennel, basil, kale, and the first kohlrabi of the season.