[Market-farming] Too wet?

Beth Spaugh lists at rhomestead.com
Mon Jun 11 11:12:51 EDT 2007

There is hope in PA. Last year it rained and rained and rained. I learned
that you  can drop horribly root bound broccoli and cabbage plants in the
mud, step on the root ball, and they grow take right off. Same thing with
potatoes. I had the best weed control ever, because I tilled almost the
whole field when it finally dried up enough in early July, and then planted.
At the end of the season, it turned out to be a decent economic year. 

In the fall, we made ridges in case we had a third in a row miserably wet
spring. Figured if it was wet could plant on the ridges and if dry in the
furrows. Have a single bottom plow on a Farmall Cub. Go up one way, same
wheel tracks on the way back. Our plow needs over 100 lbs weight to do it
well (don't ask, just don't put your hand on the wheel fender - the back of
the seat is good for the left hand, right hand has more obvious choices,
keep your knees flexed).

Now the challenge - the furrows are staying too damp to easily weed. 

Beth Spaugh
Rehoboth Homestead
Peru NY

-----Original Message-----
From: Pat Meadows [mailto:pat at meadows.pair.com] 
Sent: Sunday, June 10, 2007 10:38 AM
To: Market Farming
Subject: Re: [Market-farming] today's weather/storm brewing

On Sun, 10 Jun 2007 13:07:47 GMT, you wrote:

>This year it started raining in April and now we are having the second 
>wettest season since the weather guys started keeping records.
>The weeds love it. We can't get in the fields to cultivate, picking is 
>a nightmare in the suck your boots off mud, and transplanting?

It's not so bad when the mud sucks your boots off; you know it's bad when
you cannot FIND the boots again.  I don't wear boots to garden, but I lost a
running shoe that way once.  

Now you know what Easterners put up with.... <g>  

(However, I can believe it's easier to deal with too much rain than too

-- Northern Pennsylvania

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