Readying the Field

This last week has been pretty bru­tally hot, sunny and humid — it’s sum­mer time! It feels good to be dirty and sweaty after so many months of star­ing out at the field waiting.

At the same time, I’m real­iz­ing that I should have worked a lit­tle harder to get myself in shape this win­ter.    We laid down black plas­tic mulch the other day over the bot­tom 6 rows in the gar­den. That’s where we’re plan­ning on plant­ing the toma­toes, pep­per and egg­plants, and the black plas­tic warms up the soil and sup­presses weeds. After a full day of bend­ing, stand­ing and squat­ting my legs were screaming.

The black lines along the rows are drip tape, part of the irri­ga­tion sys­tem we bought at Brook­dale Farm in New Hamp­shire. Each row has a line of tape that will slowly drip water through­out the day. They all con­nect at the end of the rows to a main line that we’ll run down the side of the field and will hook up to a gar­den hose. This sys­tem uses much less water than hand water­ing would and will save us a lot of time  and effort.

Rolling out the plas­tic mulch
We dug a trench and buried it on either side of the row
Notice the drip tape lines going under the plastic
Fin­ished!
Mean­while, our tomato, pep­per and egg­plants are hard­en­ing off out­side, get­ting ready to be planted tomor­row. We’ll just cut a hole through the plas­tic and put them in the ground. It’s good they’re going in the ground, they’ve got­ten really big.

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