Rain, mud, muck, YUCK! It has been an incredibly wet month with very few warm, sunny days. What started as 12" of snow on May 1st and 2nd continued as rain for the rest of the month, totaling over 5 inches. Any chance we got, we were in the field prepping beds and planting as fast as possible before the next rainy day. Spring crops including lettuce, bok choy, scallions, arugula, and kohlrabi are in the ground and ready for the sun to shine and the ground to heat up to spark faster growth.
Excitement came to Sweet Top Farm on May 7th when the newest addition arrived: a shiny blue 1968 Ford 3000 tractor. It runs great for a 45 year old tractor, and the smaller tires and wider spacing are ideal for our vegetable beds. Don't worry, Belle has not been demoted to around the clock grazing, although she likely would not mind.
On May 16th and 17th, we were able to plant this season's potatoes, kale, spring broccoli, onions, and leeks. Finally, it felt like spring had sprung, but the rain that followed totaled over 3 inches, saturating soil that had not quite dried out from prior precipitation. The weeds, on the other hand, loved the rain. Since we couldn't get into the fields with the tractor or with Belle, we headed out with hoes and hands, eager to get ahead on cultivation. Then, more rain...
"Wouldn't this be a great time for a piece of rhubarb pie?" asks Garrison Keillor from Prairie Home Companion. "One little thing can revive a guy, and that is a piece of rhubarb pie. Serve it up, nice and hot, maybe things aren't as bad as you thought." And that is just what we did!