For those of you who might have read last week’s farm report, I ended with somewhat of a plea for volunteers who might be interested in doing some mowing–officially known as the mowing team. Well….left to my own devices I can often get myself into a bit of trouble. See photo….

Luckily, the following day we had a group of able bodies to get me out of this predicament! Fortunately there has been one person who stepped up and thinks mowing is “fun”, but she has a lot on her plate already, so I am not sure we can count on her throughout the season. Thanks, Patty, for your timely effort. If anyone has a mother, brother, sister, or not so weird uncle who gets gratification from a well maintained lawn/field, please encourage them to join us as a volunteer in our efforts to keep the tick population at bay.

Our third graders returned from the Maine Coast Waldorf School on Thursday and Friday. Their boundless energy put a big dent in our wood chip pile as they spread buckets of wood chips in the paths. They also spread a smother tarp, moved sandbags, and weeded an entire plot. Carrie explained why these activities enable us to utilize our no-till approach and enrich the soil. They seem to be really enjoying outdoor education, and we are, too.

The flower beds are now full of daffodils. They are also being weeded and prepared for the hundreds of annual flower seedlings that are almost ready to be planted for the upcoming pick- your-own bouquet garden. We have some new additions, and this year’s zinnia collection is outstanding with multiple colors and shapes. The bees should be very happy.

In the greenhouse, we are still planting seeds, transplanting from flats to pots, and potting up the dahlia bulbs. Carrie is keeping a close eye on the seedlings, Zoey is helping by digging a hole, and B.J. is transplanting some overwintered lemongrass. She saved all the dried lemongrass leaves for the Loons on the lake where she lives. Supplying nesting materials helps to encourage nesting success. B.J. is passionate about Maine Loons. If you have questions, she is your resource.

The Wednesday Farm Skills Team seems to always bring rain and cold. I don’t think they have had an opportunity to work outside at all. It’s always tunnel work for them, while the Saturday team is the opposite, bringing sun and warmer temperatures. Here Rosemary and Logan are doing some synchronized broadforking, flipping a bed from last fall’s spinach to this season’s tomatoes.

Two Spring visitors showed up this week–a Yellow Spotted Salamander (slugs and snails are part of their diet), and Anna Leah who likes to work in the garden barefoot! What part of her diet enables her to tolerate cold feet, I am not sure. Google had no information. 😉

As we move into May and warmer temperatures, the Fix-It Team moves on to helping us with irrigation. Looking ahead into next week’s temperatures, we will need the extra watering ability.

Replacing old soaker hoses that have sprung leaks, getting the wobblers up and running, and the overhead watering in the newest tunnels is a lot of work. Thanks, Fix-It Team, for helping us work at getting all this accomplished.

Our Bowdoin friends are off to summer jobs, internships, and home. Carrie and I are SO GRATEFUL for their Saturday help. We are so much further along in our schedule thanks to all of them. I hope everyone has a great summer. Keep checking in on the farm report so you can see what your efforts have accomplished. We do hope fall will bring you back to the farm!

Spoiler alert–next week will be all about gleaning! No, that is not a Swiss Chard leaf, it’s spinach and oh so tasty.

Thanks for the help, the laughs and the sunshine.

~ Theda