Posts Tagged ‘drip irrigation’

Mulberries, celery both popular

Yesterday morning’s trip to the Farmers’ Market was another success, with people very interested in the mulberries and celery that I brought. The broccoli, radishes and cabbage sold well, too, but they weren’t the center of attention.

A lot of people were surprised to see celery there, which, according to most customers, isn’t supposed to grow well here in Nebraska. I can’t say I had any problems getting it to flourish, though. It probably helps that I’ve had it under a controlled drip irrigation system, and that the cool, wet weather we’ve had the last month was what it likes.

The mulberries were kind of a whim on my part. On Friday night, I was snacking on a few plump berries from the mulberry tree next to the garden when I realized that there might be some folks out there who’d like to have some fresh berries from the market. I spread out a sheet, shook the tree, gathered the ripe fruit, rinsed it and brought it to market. I sold eight of the nine tubs I gathered, and everyone seemed pleased when they popped open the tub for a snack of the sweet fruit.

I’ll have more mulberries (and celery) next Saturday, June 27th, at the market, then I’m taking off the 4th of July before returning to the Old Market on Saturday, July 11th.

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What a rain…

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We had about 2.3 inches of rain on the farm on Friday night — and it was the beautiful slow, soaking type. Not the type that washes away half of my soil.

As I type this on Sunday night, the rain is again falling outside. While none of my plants were hurting for moisture due to the drip irrigation system I installed this spring (pictured above, watering broccoli in early April), this rain will sure help replenish the below-average moisture levels around the eastern part of the state.

Speaking of the drip irrigation system, I couldn’t be happier with how well it’s working thus far. It’s about 85% more efficient (in terms of water use) than the overhead system we’ve used in years past, is completely automated, and only waters my plants — not the weeds. It’s looking like the ~$600 investment is going to be well worth it.