Last week it was a novelty. Enjoyable. Something for which we frequently wish This week, it never changed, but our attitude did. It was dry. And then the dryness started drying out. Our greens were wilting. The clover was wilting. And then we realized there were no strawberries left in the patch - 10 days early! With no significant rain for almost 3 weeks now, and temps generally above normal, we were only going in one direction: To the pipes!!
We have invested in water sources and irrigation equipment. We know what to do. It's just that, on top of everything else, this takes time. A lot of time. And you can't really just hire more people during a dry year (we still have the same labor budget). So, you start to become a triage nurse. Maybe we won't trellis the cukes in the fieldhouse, or clean up the back of the truck, or rototil the perennial garden. But we will get the water moved to thirsty crops. We will cultivate our winter squash. We will sow our parsnip seeds.
On top of this, all of the crops that are irrigated, generally are much healthier - so we have bigger harvests. The zucchini and summer squash haven't been this good in 4 years. The chi cab is hefty. The greens are booming. The lettuce is never ending. The harvest takes longer and longer each day.
So what's a poor farmer to do!? Well, generally we just need to remember to keep one dusty foot in front of the other. Nothing gets us into our routine so much as a dry year for irrigating; Harvest in the morning. Move pipes in the afternoon. Get the water flowing at 6am. Then start harvesting. Move the pipes in the afternoon, etc. etc. And then, shift the attitude; We won't get it all done, but we will get the important things accomplished. And eventually it will rain, right!? Probably, but until then.....head down, carry water. Repeat.
We hope you enjoy the harvest.
(for Karen, Abbe, Zoe, John, Rebecca, and Sunny)