It’s been a very busy week here at Summit Springs Farm, and I wanted to take a bit of time here this morning (Sonya is out spading, and I’m on Lydia duty) to try and tell everyone what we’ve been up to. First, Sonya has been spending a lot of time on the tractor, spading and respading both fields, making beds, etc. Our field planting is really underway now. I added another bed of sugar snap peas to the three I planted last week, plus half a bed of our salad mix: arugula, kale, mizuna, tatsoi, etc. We’ve also started transplanting little plants from the greenhouse into the field, including beets, broccoli, Napa cabbage, lettuce, Lacinato and red Russian kale, and kohlrabi. It’s starting to look like a farm around here!
I also spent a day putting up our 3-rope electric deer fence around Field 2, the bigger of our fields out past the greenhouse. We use fencing and general equipment purchased from Wellscroft Farm in Chesham, New Hampshire, and we were very pleased with the results last year. Our fences are pretty simple and not very high; a deer could easily leap right over. The key is to get the fence up early, before any crops are in the field, and to bait it early and often. I use peanut butter! I wrap strips of aluminum foil around the fence rope and make a little packet at the end filled with peanut butter. The idea is to lure the deer in, let their curiosity get the best of them, touch their little noses or tongues to the foil, and ZAP! Hopefully, a lesson learned!
Thanks to our friend, Wes Covey, for coming over yesterday afternoon to help out for a few hours. He helped Sonya do some general farm clean-up and then helped me put row cover on a couple of beds in Field 2 and start the process of erecting the deer fence around Field 1. Thanks, too, to Sonya’s mom and our next door neighbor, Litha Thurlow, for hanging out with Lydia for a couple of mornings this week so her folks could get some planting done.
Finally, belated thanks to everyone who participated in our potluck last week! We had a small but spirited group, including my sister and her family who were visiting us from New Hampshire. Our next potluck will be on the evening of Saturday, May 23rd, so mark your calendars!