April has come and gone. It was very dry last month which helped us prepare fields for future plantings. We use cover crop as a source of fertility and to build organic matter. One method is to mow it down and then incorporate it into the soil with primary tillage. Then you want the soil microbes to digest the matter for ideally a month. With the dry weather we were able to get a lot of work done, while also spending a good amount of time irrigating our crops. Some of our spring greens got eaten up by flea beetles during the heat wave. Then came the rain. In fact it is still raining. We are going on two weeks of consistent overcast days with intermittent rain. This will prove challenging next week when our tomatoes are scheduled to be planted, yet the field will be saturated. The rain was much needed, however we could use a couple days of sun to dry off the plants. The flea beetles do not like rainy cold weather so they have subsided. We focus our attention in our high tunnels when the weather does not agree with our plans. This year I have been stacking my plantings to get the most out of our bed feet. In the picture above we harvested turnips to clear a space for our trellised tomatoes.