…And the rain continues. As I write this post, we have received 5.93 inches of rain, with more expected early this afternoon. According to the 30-year average for nearby Upper Tract, we would expect 3.21 inches of rain for the entire month. We are not yet half way through the month. Since the beginning of April, we have received 21.99 inches of rainfall here at Peeper Pond Farm. At this rate, we could go without rain for about three months and still achieve our yearly average rainfall.
We decided to make use of a cool and cloudy morning before the next storm to weed our garden. I used the rototiller to dig up the grass and weeds sprouting in our garden paths, while Barb (with some help from Calli) dug out the weeds growing in our planting rows. The soil in the garden is so saturated that you can literally pull the weeds out of the ground with little effort without breaking off the roots. It seems as though we are practicing hydroponics this year instead of traditional gardening. Fortunately, the drainage ditches I dug around three sides of our garden has been successful in reducing the amount of erosion and ponding that occurs in our planting area. Consequently, our garden looks to be very robust for the weather conditions it has persevered.
Our early corn should be knee high by the fourth of July. Our broccoli is mature and we have been harvesting large heads from the plants. Some of our tomatoes and peepers have flowered and should begin producing soon. We are somewhat concerned about our peas. The remnants of Tropical Storm Alberto dragged some tropical weather with it and the peas appear to be suffering from too much early heat, even though they were planted a little late.
Despite the excessive rain, we have kept busy. On Friday, June 1, a reporter, Marina Barnett, from WHSV-TV in Harrisonburg visited our farm to film a news segment on our attempted dairy goat operation and my ongoing efforts to change the law in West Virginia to permit unprocessed milk sales from farms. A portion of the segment was filmed on Dale and Merrily Carroll’s farm about three miles south of us. In total, they shot about one and a half hours of footage, which are being edited down for the final broadcast. The final segment is scheduled to be broadcast as part of the 10:00 and 11:00 PM news on Tuesday, June 19. You can watch it live (as it airs) on the station’s website (www.whsv.com), or you can view it in the following days as a news clip posted on the home page. I hope you get a chance to see it. You will see clips of our farm and our former doe, Essie, who now lives at the Carroll’s farm. If you can’t watch it, then please come and visit us at the Petersburg Farmer’s Market during the anticipated grand opening sometime later in this month.