This time of yr, late January and early February normally finally ends up involving plenty of watching, ready, after which all of the sudden springing into motion on a number of fronts.
This time of yr is lambing season. Our first lambs had been born final week, a set of twins adopted by a set of triplets and as of Monday morning (February 5) we’re now as much as no less than 50 cute, fuzzy lambs. The hope is that every delivery goes easily however that’s not all the time the case. Both manner, we make a number of journeys a day as much as our sheep to verify on them, and help if vital.
Then there are the tulips and the opposite spring flowers. We planted all those bulbs back in November and plenty of of them have began to return up. It’s all the time a little bit of guesswork as to after we’ll have sufficient to supply them to our CSA members and shops. It’s good if we are able to have them for Valentine’s Day nevertheless it doesn’t all the time work out that manner. The method may be very delicate to variable climate circumstances. The sooner planted subject of tulips has barely come up whereas a later planted subject is far additional alongside, and the totally different varieties are also at totally different levels.
Even earlier than Sunday’s drenching (about 3 inches, plus plenty of wind), we’ve gotten sufficient rain that the bottom has persistently been too damp to plant, and simply when issues are beginning to dry out, we’ll get extra rain. On Tuesday, it dried out simply sufficient handy transplant a number of rows of flowers and some rows of brassicas and lettuce, and direct seed a number of extra crops. If we don’t make the most of these small home windows of time to plant, who is aware of after we’ll have one other alternative!
The primary almonds have began to bloom! It is a photograph from an outdated almond tree on the sting of a hedgerow between fields, not a tree we’ll be harvesting. But it surely’s an indication of extra to return and shortly sufficient, the Capay Valley and Yolo County can be awash in pink blooms. Which additionally means it’s virtually time for the annual Capay Valley Almond Festival! Mark your calendars for February 25. Like all the time, we’ll be on the Rumsey Town Hall with a market stand and meals, together with a lot of our neighbors and buddies.
Elaine Swiedler, CSA Supervisor