When the soil is this dry and this hot for such an extended period of time biological activity will stop in the soil. The delicate systems of bacteria, microbes, and invertebrates (like worms) that make up our soil web slow down or stop in this type of weather. This makes it even more difficult for our crops to thrive.
The Boston Globe recently published an article on the drought. I've posted the link here if you want to read more about the drought in this region:
|Colorado Potato Beetle infestation|
We will continue to focus our efforts on irrigating and controlling the Colorado Potato Beetle. We have been putting a lot of effort into keeping our tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant alive. I am hoping that our efforts will begin to pay off in the coming weeks as we see their fruits ripen.
|Mark the dentist and Andrew|
Thank you all for your continued support during this challenging growing season.
CALL FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS
You are invited to enter the second Powisset Farm Photo Competition! Register & bring in your photos by August 5th. Exhibit & Voting August 6-27 in the barn. All photographs must be taken at Powisset Farm (anywhere on the 108 acre property). Photographers of all ages, and all skill levels are welcome. Come be part of the fun! For complete show guidelines, and to register, email firstname.lastname@example.org or pick up a flyer in the barn!
In the Share this week:
- Summer squash
1 pint cherry tomatoes
Zannah, on behalf of the farm crew