The pac choi in the front beds are doing very well as you can see in the first row of pictures. We began mulching the collards and pac choi in the fields as you can see in the rest of the pictures. Mulching has to be put in the Olympics soon because it takes skill to toss the mulch. I had an expert teacher though so I caught on pretty quickly. Afterwards I noticed some white lines on one of the leaves of a pac choi plant and didn't know what it was so I asked Michael. He told me it was a leaf miner and I thought it was so cool except for the fact that it was on one of my babies. Luckily I only saw one plant that was infected and you can see it in the last picture on this post.
Last week we planted some collard in the field. Some are doing really well as you can see in the picture in the first row on the left, others not so much as you can see in the second picture in that row but still others are doing worst that that as you can see in the third picture in the first row. These pictures were taken on the same day on the same row just feet from each other. I wonder what makes a pest feed on one plant but not the one next to it? How do they chose their prey?
The collards and pac choi are growing super fast since being on the hardening off bench and some of the plants that had leaf trimmer damage are beginning to grow some leaves back which is a good sign. We made some room in two bed in the front of the farm and started to plant some of both kinds of pac choi. they might not look like much yet but they will in a couple weeks.
The collards and pac choi have been transferred to the hardening off bench for about a week now and they are doing well for the most part. The only problem that we are having is the leaf cutter caterpillars. As you can see in the picture below the are very annoying pests. Instead of chewing on the leaves of the plants like a normal caterpillar they go straight for the base of the plant like a psychopath. Hopefully they will be able to recover.