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Sprout Farm Newsletter July 9,2021 Open 9-5 daily

Hello Everyone,

We hope you are all enjoying this wild weather ride. We spent the morning preparing for a blow but not a storm of consequence. The damage from the wind was minor and our power was out for only two and a half hours. Jay got the generator up and running on the farm circuit because it was imperative that the greenhouse layers stay inflated. If the small inflaters stopped working the layers of plastic would have flapped and made a noise like thunder claps. I forgot all about that and Jay said that he shut off the cooler and the well to make sure there was power to keep the skin of the greenhouses rigid. All through the storm we were open for business. I was amazed that people went out shopping in the storm. I was surprised to see we got a delivery of honey at the height of the storm. Just a regular day. Tomorrow we'll put the cover of the pop-up flower tent back on the frame. It makes a great space to organize the flowers without interrupting the activity in the veggie washing station. I lost some branches on the zinnia plants but only one of the big plants. Jay took a quick walk through the garden and the only thing that suffered was the broccoli that was planted two weeks ago. He picked the ripe veggies early in the morning and got them into the cooler to protect them from the wind. I can't remember such a soggy start to summer.. I keep wondering if there will be enough rain to set wild blueberries for next year. If there's a lengthy stretch of dry weather in August you'll have to search far and wide for wild blueberries next July. If the rainfall is just enough at the right time there will be a bounty of blueberries, unless the big brush cutters come through and reduce everything under the power lines to stubble. It always grows back and cutting brush is much better for the environment than the weed killer that they used to spray.

Seeds are not easy to find in July but if you happen to have a few packets hanging around why not try growing that late season crop.

Arugula, very easy, quick to germinate and grows well in pots. Beets, we start these in seed trays then transplant them to get them a head start on the weeds. Cabbage, started in July, matures in the fall and needs constant attention for insect damage. No carrots for us this year. YEA! Our soil has too many weed seeds to try and protect tiny carrot plants. You may have better soil but we don't have the time to play with carrots. Cilantro from seed can be a challenge but this entertaining article has more information about growing cilantro than I have ever seen before.

Follow the embedded link that takes you to an article about keeping rabbits out of your garden. The Gardening Dad recommends getting a dog but he fails to mention cats. Maybe the rabbits in his area grow too big for cats to hunt. Twix racked up another one this week. See the picture of Jay the rabbit lover.

We met with some farmers at the customer Appreciation dinner event hosted by the company that does our taxes. We were impressed with all the fun low-tech games at the corn maze at Sauchuk Farm in Plympton. Jay and the kids are just finishing setting out the 1500 mums we're growing this year. I thought that was a lot until we sat with a farmer who is in the process of growing 900K mums. It takes him two months to plant the mums and he plans to finish up in August. I had to get that number twice. I didn't believe it the first time. I don't think you could find that kind of land on the Cape to grow mums in those numbers. This grower told us how at Cavicchio Greenhouses in Sudbury they use robots to precisely set out the mums. Jay and I are happy to stay small.

The sugar snap peas are almost finished. We're not getting much off the second planting but that is typical for July. Everyone has an abundance of zucchini but that will settle down soon. Our tomato plants have reached the top of the greenhouse so our greenhouse tomatoes will last another couple of weeks. There may be a gap in the supply while we wait for the field tomatoes to ripen. In case you missed it...we have butter and sugar corn. Life is good, summer is sweet.

That's all for now. See you soon,

Jay and Phyllis Sprout

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