Looks like we escaped the chance of frost that was forecast for this past Sunday, which is a relief. We played it safe, however, and four of us headed out to the cucumber patch with a trailer full of insulated tarps, and covered them up for the night. Our customers have been loving the pickling cucumbers we’ve had for a few weeks now, and it would’ve been a real bummer to lose that crop so early in the season.
Looking at the long-range forecast, we should hopefully be in the clear for the next week or so, since the next full moon isn’t upon us until September 9th (word on the farm is that a frost is more likely during a full moon, so even though we haven’t found scientific ‘proof’ of that, it’s served us well in the past). This will work well for our harvesting plan (to find out more about our third annual Harvest Sundays, check out the link HERE) -there is often a greater risk of frost when the moon is full.
The fence we put up last week to keep the deer and moose out of the Brussels Sprout patch seems to be doing its job – we haven’t seen any further damage to that crop since the fence went up; however, next year we will have to extend the fence, as our four-legged friends have started feasting on the beet tops, instead (guess we’re not the only ones who think they’re delicious!)
Our tomato-jungle in the cold frame is looking good. Since the plants are more protected from the cold in there, we’re able to let the fruits ripen on the vine, and even the gigantic tomatoes in there are starting to turn red (I swear, some of the tomatoes in there are as big as a baby’s head!!) This week, we should be able to bring in both the cherry tomatoes as well as the Roma and salad tomatoes that have been growing so well for us this year.
We’re all taking a deep breath in around here, getting ready for our final push towards the finish line. Once the harvesting is done, we’ll be taking off for a few days (either to the mountains or to Vegas, we’re not sure yet), and then it will be time to catch up on some household stuff and my mountain of paperwork that’s been patiently waiting for attention. We’re not quite done yet, but there’s light at the end of the tunnel!
‘Til next week!