I know it's May already, but I'm going to make an April post anyway. Well, I'll just be out with it, our high tunnel blew down. It happened during the day in early in the month when the winds were 40-50mph, and it just didn't survive. We were pretty sad about it, but not surprised, it was pretty janky, but we were proud of it none the less. Anyway, David Muratore from Clariza's Clay Pot Swings came out and helped us clean up the mess. Much thanks for that!
Another thing we did in April was seed our first succession of veggies and tomatoes. The veggies included kale, Swiss chard, beets, kohlrabi, escarole, collards, mustard greens, celery (seems to be growing slowly), and cabbage. After the first succession of tomatoes grew, we potted them on. Our first batch of potted tomatoes looked great, but due to some ordering problems we had to wait a while for our second batch of pots to come in (we just didn't order enough of them the first time). Because of the wait, some of the tomatoes were looking like they were suffering from nutrient deficiency. But we potted them on anyway, and I was looking at the plants today and they looked much healthier and green again! I'm very happy we didn't have to start over with a new succession. In other news, we have a bit of an aphid infestation on our peppers and eggplants in the greenhouse. The plants still look pretty healthy, but we'd like to get it under control with out using any sprays. So we ordered some lady bugs! They're pretty cute, hopefully they're doing their job and I think their larvae will eat a lot of aphids after they hatch too.
Finally, we also got to plant some of that new succession of veggies (three different types of kale, and swiss chard) using our new paper pot transplanter! Oh boy! No more broken backs with that machine. For the most part it just plops the plants right in the ground. We got 11 beds planted at 3 rows per bed all in one day with that bed, and then we irrigated the same day. If planting by hand we would get done maybe 4-5 rows.
Alot happened this month, but we'll see what next month brings!