Yesterday, we left spring behind and started moving on to summer. That is the nature of farming. Always looking ahead, always preparing for the next step. Mother Nature doesnt stop to celebrate her success, so neither shall we! After Alex spent a solid 10 hours on the tractor, mowing, plowing, discing, cultivating, and bedding, we spent another 4.5 hours laying plastic, and voila! The tomato field was ready for planting and the pepper and eggplant field was well on its way. While we are no big fans of plasticulture, we find that it is a tremendous benefit to our tomato, pepper, and eggplant crops. Not only does it warm the soil for these heat loving plants and keep the weeds down, it also helps keep the disease pressure back. But without a plastic layer, this means we spend long hours tucking it under the soil. It looks a little barren now, but thought of it overflowing with vigorous fruit—laden plants, gets my heart beating a little bit faster. I think I will go to the greenhouse now and sing soothing tunes to our baby tomato plants.