As things heat up- Veggies For All is in full swing, the greenhouse is cranking, and campus is green and busy.
The seedling season is officially over now that the fall cabbages have been transplanted, so that makes life a little easier for the team. One less piece of the puzzle to watch over. An added bonus to the super hot weather: our little aphid problem seems to have resolved itself during a brief period when the greenhouse got a little too hot.
Our new gorgeous greenhouse is being kept neat as a pin by Food + Farm tech, Sarah B. Because this is our first summer with the facility, Sarah is experimenting with the cultivation of hot weather crops. Tomatoes, peppers, okra, and luffa squash have put on major growth in the last several days.
Tomatoes and peppers are crowd-pleasers. The luffa squash, which can be dried into the bath “loofa” you’d find in the beauty products aisle, was Sarah’s choice. Okra is a much less obvious addition; people seem to love it or hate it. But a little bird told us that it is President Stephen Mulkey’s favorite, so we are giving it a whirl.
Out in the fields, it’s all about weed control with a few exceptions. In the coming weeks, there are also plans to sow fall carrots and pick the early cabbage. If you are curious about field near the Quimby Library, this is a “rest” season for that plot, which means we are cycling through a care regimen that includes cover-cropping, cultivating for weed eradication, and fallowing.
Currently, one round of cover crop has been incorporated and now Tim is engaged in, as he calls it, “killing weeds” by cultivating just after they germinate. It’s one of the most fertile plots we manage- and we intend to keep it that way! Next year, expect some healthy squash plants out there.