Farm News, July 20

 

The veggies we’ll have this week will be:

lettuce, spinach, chard, kale, radish, turnip, kohlrabi, beets, carrots, cabbage or broccoli, zucchini, cucumber, bell peppers, garlic,  green onions, cilantro, dill, parsley and basil.

We’ve got lots of garlic coming! Garlic isn’t normally part of the csa veggies.  We’ve been growing it for a few years to sell a bit at the market, but have mostly been saving it to increase our stock of garlic seed.  Last fall we planted 10 000 cloves from our hugest garlic but it pretty much all died over winter 😦  So, not knowing what to do without all that garlic to weed, we planted a bunch of spring garlic this year for the csa.  Let us know how you like it.  It’s not as big as fall garlic, but I’ve found it pretty tasty.

On the farm this week:

The weeds are winning, but we called in back up this week and we’re going to do our best to not let too many go to seed.  Here’s Lj hauling cabbage out of the field this morning as a weeding warm up.   Apprently an’farmer carry’ is a real thing people pay money to go do at the gym.  Hmmm, I see a good business opportunity here.

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We’re also growing a nice crop of bacteria!  This plot behind me is currently planted to oats and peas and is the future site of the greenhouse that will be growing our winters greens this year.   The peas roots, pictured below, have really large colonies of nitrogen fixing bacteria (the white bubbly things convert atmospheric nitrogen into forms usable by plants.), so I’m pretty happy about that.  We’ll be tilling it in as soon as it’s dry enough and soon after start planting greens there.   The part that no one so far seems to think is a good idea is planting the greenhouse and then putting it up after.  But whatcha gonna do when you don’t have a greenhouse yet??

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That’s it for this week.

See you soon!

Jonathan, Nicole, Sarah and Michael.

 

 

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