The farmers are hot, sweaty, and tired. A local weatherman confirmed this today, saying we haven’t had a day under 80ºF since July 8.
To my memory, most days have been over 85ºF with really high humidity. And the rain- so much rain! It’s great to not have to use irrigation but we’ve had way too much rain. Good news for the city reservoirs. Bad news for our plants.
We lost the crookneck squash and many zucchini, all the basil, a bunch of rosemaries, and the sweet peppers are struggling.
Fortunately, everybody else seems to be hanging in there. We’ve got lots of beans, patty pan squash, kale, callaloo, hot peppers, and gorgeous eggplants!
The only damage in the herb garden is from downpours that bent and broke plants, including my calendulas which are hardly budding and putting out flowers. On the plus side, we’ve harvested more mint this year than ever before. They are fat and happy.
More rain is in the forecast for the next several days. We’re trying to take it in stride but are a bit worried about losing more crops which means losing income. If you see Hawkeye, give him a thumbs-up and any positive words you can. He could use it.
Time to clear out the Summertime Balms to make way for the coming Wintertime blends. Elderflower, Chickweed, and Red Clover skin balms are on sale now.
These all natural herbal balms are handmade at the farm and contain certified organic Mango Butter, certified organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Watermelon Seed Oil, and Candellila Wax. They’re concentrated, super moisturizing, and perfect for soothing little nicks and scrapes.
Packaged in a non-breakable, recyclable tin that was manufactured in the U.S.
Normally $26.00 each, available now for $20.00 (1.75 oz (50 g) net wt.)
Several people have asked me recently, “Are you still making your herbal products?”. It’s kindof getting embarrassing because I am making things all the time but no one seems to know…
My fault, of course! I’m not good with keeping up my newsletter and blog posts.
It’s a busy time for us on the farm right now as well, getting all the seeds started and plants into the ground.
But I do have skin balms available here in the online shop. Made with Watermelon Seed oil, Mango Butter, and Virgin Coconut oil, they are a richly moisturizing, dry skin treat. Perfect for the rough skin of gardening hands 🙂