Hello from the SMC Organic Farm

The first T-storms began this week and the plants seem to enjoy them. Beans that we planted last week are growing stronger than most other plants that have been growing for a month now. We are guessing this is a result of high soil temperatures at the time of germination. We have continued to lay down compost as fertilizer on most of the plants. This week we also began researching other fertilization methods. Right now we have a compost tea brewing and we have been researching fish emulsion. Due to the youth of our garden and it's soil we are sensing that supplements such as these are consistantly necessary. At the end of the day the beans, squash, some cucumbers, pumpkins, peppers, and the greens are growing well. The tomatoes have settled in and are growing well but are small due to a bad start. Any advice for giving our tomatoes a boost?

One pest issue we have been dealing with the past month is snails. We picked up all of the hay mulch because we discovered it was a paradise for them. We feared the anticipated for rain this week would boost the snail numbers; fortunately, they are not out of hand. Our method for detering the snails other than picking up the hay has been to a do daily snail hunt. Since our farm is in a damp site we are accepting that this will most likely be a continuous issue throughout the growing season. Does any one have any snail emlimination tricks?

All and all it has been a great week! The garden is stable and we are learning about our soil and vegetable needs daily, ensuring much gained knowledge and experience for next year!


  1. A trick to boost small tomato plants is to cut the bottom of a plastic milk jug and create a mini greenhouse for the plant, but at this point the plants may be too big for this? This is more of an early season trick. Another thing that I just was reading up on was:
    "Red plastic mulch is supposed to significantly boost your tomato yields. The mulch was developed by the USDA and Clemson University, and got the nod by Consumer Reports magazine.
    This special mulch is 1-mil-thick red plastic that--like other plastic mulch--warms the soil and conserves moisture. But the red plastic does a lot more. Apparently, it reflects far-red light wavelengths upward into the plants, which triggers a protein that stimulates enhanced growth and development."

    May be worth looking into? I´ve never used it. good luck, dan


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