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No-Labor Day

September 5, 2016

Today is Labor Day.  It’s an odd name for a day off of work.  I didn’t get the day off.  Most farmers don’t.  Cows don’t take holidays; they still get milked twice a day.  Chickens don’t take holidays; they still need food and water, eggs need to be collected.  Weeds don’t take holidays.  They don’t even slow down their growth!  Day length and nighttime temperatures will slow them down, but not national holidays.  Today, even though I don’t have cows or chickens, I definitely do have weeds, so I weeded.  I also planted so my CSA members might have some lettuce in October (they haven’t seen any for weeks and weeks).  Then some watering needed to be done, because it still doesn’t rain around here.  There were tomatoes to pick and beans to pick and okra to pick and squash to pick and horrid squash bugs to kill.  Farmers labor on Labor Day and it means you have food to eat!

So in honor of farmers laboring on Labor Day, we will have a No-labor Day on this Saturday, which happens to be the second Saturday which is usually our volunteer day on the farm.  We will have not be working on the farm this Saturday.  I will be taking Saturday off.  Please don’t come expecting to work, because I will be not laboring on that day.  The stand will also not be open this week.

Enjoy your first full week of September!


2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 22, 2016 2:45 pm

    How do you kill your squash bugs? They ruined my pumpkins this year 😦

    • wilsonstreeturbanfarm permalink*
      September 23, 2016 10:03 am

      Squash bugs are nasty. We try to keep the area weeds down to reduce wintering-over spots. We rotate where the squash is grown each year. The plants are planted in landscape material that covers the ground to reduce hiding spots and soil exposure as well as weeds. We cover all our squash plants with row covers until they are flowering (beginning of July or so), then spray immediately upon uncovering with a product called Surround (simply a clay wettable powder that creates an unpleasant barrier – not an insecticide). Ideally, we would spray the plants weekly or bi-weekly in an effort to keep the leaves covered, but we are not that efficient. This method postpones the peak of bugs so our plants have a chance to get strong before the onslaught. This year, we discovered duct tape! The eggs stick to it with very little damage done to the leaves. I also used a small battery-powered vacuum to suck up the bugs at one point. At the end of the season, we clean everything out of the patch and sweep the remaining bugs off the landscape material. Even with all this, we had squash bug damage. Growing organic squash can be very challenging!

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