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The Big Wind

No, the headlines does not refer to Alex's gift of gab.  Rather, it refers to the strong winds that hit the Bakersfield area last Sunday, a sure sign that we are subject to the whims of Nature.  Unfortunately for us, the wind caused extensive damage to our recently transplanted melon plants.  More than half the transplants were totally blown away, the other half we hope to salvage.  It could be worse.  We will be set back a few weeks but we WILL have melons.  At least we won't have to replant uprooted trees like an Almond grower friend of ours will be doing for the next several days.

Also, I'm happy to report that our new potato, beet, and onion crops "weathered" the storm relatively unscathed.  That's great news for us given our high hopes for those crops.  We are getting every close to harvesting our new potato crop.  Weather permitting, we will be knocking down our Red Thumb fingerling plants later in the week.  Our yellow fingerling varieties will soon follow.  Oh, and let me not forget...last year's breakout hit, the Zebra potato will be back soon to "blow you away"!  Look for them sometime in mid-May.

Time to head out to prepare the ground for the next group of melon transplants.

Optimistically Yours,


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