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Preparing tomato farm land

Due to the unusually cool weather this Spring, we had delayed planting our tomato crop until now.  During the past three years, the weather in the area where we farm would have already been in the +100F range during the daytime.  While this is good for our farm crops like broccoli and artichokes, it put a lot of stress on our olive trees. However, this year, everything is reversed. The trees are recovering due to the cool cloudy weather. However, the air temperatures have been a little too cool until now to begin planting crops.

The difference in growing time can be very significant based upon temperatures. During the warm summer months, the tomatoes can mature and ripen within 2 months. However, if we plant during the winter, the time increases to 5 months.

The field below has just been plowed and fertilized with our Fish Fertilizer.  Because of the volumes involved, we apply the fish directly from 55 gallon drums and plow it into the soil in preparation for planting the tomato seeds.

Plowing hillside for tomato planting

Plowing Baja California hillside for Seagate’s tomato planting

Although this may look like furrows of dirt to you, what is most important to recognize in the photo are the desert shrubs surrounding the field. There are no neighbors nor neighboring farms nearby.

When not digging up dirt in the Guadalupe River Valley region of Baja, one of my favorite places is being underwater (second of course to being home with my wife and dog), taking pictures of fish and other creatures around islands and coastlines throughout the world. This fellow below is a Nudibranch, taken with a close-up macro lens.  These animals are soft-bodied very colorful molluscs that crawl along the sea floor, and can be found almost everywhere in the world, including the Antarctic region. They are usually 1 to 2 inches in length and crawl along the bottom like snails, from where they get their common name sea slugs. Macro lenses give you pictures with a very shallow depth of field, which is why the area in focus is limited to the head. The camera lens for this photo was within 1 inch of this Nudibranch.

Nudibranch off the Grand Cayman Is.

Nudibranch off the Grand Cayman Is.

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