Today I'm going to introduce you to the Queen of the farm aka Napita. She is the farm cat and serves many purposes such as moral support and pest control. When it is hot out and I've been in the field for hours its nice to go take a break in the shade and pet her. The Bell peppers that we planted week one are doing very well as you can see in the second picture. The third picture was taken while we were rebuilding the mulch containers featuring Captain America. I wish I would have taken a before and after picture but I forgot, oops.
Today I witnessed natures natural pest control. I happened to run into a wasp snacking on a juicy caterpillar while weeding in the field. I used to hate them but now I appreciate them a little for taking care of some of our pests. The collards and pac choi have sprouted a week later and have really good germination. Its about time to transfer them to the hardening off bench outside.
This week on the Howdy Farm we finished weeding the rows. We also added mulch to them so now they are ready for the plants. Three of my seed packets came in from Johnny's seeds, one of the Collards (Flash F1) and two Pac Choi (Joi Choi F1 and Mei Qing Choi F1). We went ahead and planted the seeds, one tray of each. I have not grown collards or pac choi before so I am very excited to see how they both do but to be honest I'm more excited about the pac choi. But don't tell the collards.
The first week on the farm was a good introduction to what we were going to be doing the rest of the semester. We began to weed a plot where some of our plants were going to be put in. As you can see from the picture below, it really needed a good weeding. We also transplanted some peppers into rows as you can see in the second picture. We also ordered our seeds for the vegetable trials that we are going to be doing.