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"Mistakes were made"

Posted 3/24/2012 7:19pm by Shiloh Avery.

Shiloh planting tomatoes in the hoop house
Planting tomatoes in the hoop house today (here's to June tomatoes!)


“No one to blame but myself” always seemed like a nice concept to me.  It’s one of the reasons I cite for wanting to work for myself.  As it turns out though, sometimes it would be nice to have someone else to blame.  At least in theory, that is.  Take this year’s first planting of carrots, for example.  Everyone keeps asking me how this exceptionally warm spring is affecting us.  I keep saying “not too much.”  Other than things in our passive solar greenhouse growing more quickly than planned, we’re pretty much a “plant according to schedule” farm.  So, failing to translate “exceptional warm spring where plants are growing at an exceptionally fast rate” to seed germination in the field, we expected our flame weeding timing was perfect!  Except carrots that normally germinate in 21 days in the spring and 4 days in the summer, didn’t get the memo that it is, indeed, still spring!  And so we, diligent weed control freaks that we are, busted out the flame weeder at the first flush of weeds and, unwittingly, killed our first planting of carrots.  Oops!  Here’s where it might be nice to say something along the lines of “mistakes were made” and forgive the offending parties.  Luckily, though, it is an exceptionally warm spring and carrots are germinating in much less time than normal so it’s not too late to re-seed them for a slightly later crop.  That is the beauty of mistakes being made in the spring—there’s generally lots of room for forgiveness and recovery.


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