Every spring is different and invariably throws some sort of curve ball all it’s own! Last year, it was the unusually cool weather that made the start of the season difficult. This year is the complete opposite. Not only is it hot out, but also, and more problematically, unusually dry. We haven’t had a decent rainfall in weeks and, to compensate, have had to run the sprinkler almost every day just to keep things cool and irrigated and able to continue growing successfully. At this point in the year, such a heavy toll on the irrigation system is unusual.
On the positive side, the warmer weather is definitely helping the crops to grow faster. With our farmers market starting next week, it’s nice to know that we’ll have a decent number of crops on the table that first day. Of course, this means that the weeds are growing extra fast as well. Problem weeds that I usually don’t have to deal with until mid-June have already been up and growing for several weeks now, putting an extra strain on our work hours at an already busy time of year!