We are really getting into the thick of the growing season now. All of our eggplant, tomato and most of the peppers have been transplanted into comfortable surroundings with plenty of side-nutrients. They are now ready to burgeon into the beautiful fruit and vegetables that we love to eat in the summer months.
Initially plants go into a vegetative state as the days are increasing and then they start to fruit as they mature. Some of the plants seem a little confused though. I hope they aren’t thinking it is fall or something. The winter was warm but the late spring has been relatively cool in comparison to the past and the plants aren’t sure what to make of the flip flop in the seasonal weather patterns.The zucchini are forming fruit but ever so slowly. Once we get some heat then it will be game on! We would however welcome another inch or more of rain at any point 🙂
On another note, there seems to be a lot of confusion in the marketplace about all the different types of labeling and ratings out there. I would like to say one thing about that. We are a CCOF (California Certified Organic Farmers) certified organic farm and as such we use no Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO), fossil-fuel fertilizers and use only very low risk organic allowed/approved pesticides (if we use them at all), fertilize with naturally occurring fertilizers and biologically active compost to increase our soil health.
We are inspected annually, keep detailed input records and have traceability as part of this certification. We also plant habitat to encourage beneficial insects which we depend on to keep our farm in ecological balance. None of these ratings and labels except Certified Organic takes all these things into account. Enough said for now.