Last week I finally transplanted the first of my tomatoes and tomatillos, a bit later than planned. This time of year I have to remind myself, that tasks typically take longer than you expect. Such as using your new power harrow, you think to yourself, “Oh I read the instructions, watched the videos, and tested it out. I should be able to harrow this section of the field in an hour or so.” Then within the first 30 minutes of using it, I get it stuck in the field, twice. Learning the nuances of a new piece of equipment takes time, but with many farming seasons under my belt I sometimes pretend that everything will just go as planned.
So on the day I decide to put my new power harrow to work I figured I would add amendments, harrow, set up irrigation, transplants tomatoes, and totally have time to mow another section of the field. Well, in reality I only added amendments and was barely able to finish harrowing before dinner time. Then a few days later I set up irrigation and started to transplant tomatoes, I still have many tomato seedlings to get in the ground and the rest of the field is still in cover crop.