Farm news, Aug 14/2017

We’ll have the following veggies this week:

lettuce, spinach, chard, kale, beans, celery, onions, peppers, tomato, eggplant, cucumber, zucchini, carrots, potatos, beets, turnips, broccoli, cabbage, basil, parsley, scallions and hot peppers.

On the farm this week:

We’ve finished all our planting for the year! ( well actually we have a little more lettuce to plant, but I’m telling myself we’re finished). So it’s one less thing to keep track of which is nice.  It kind of looks like spring again with two fields  of baby lettuce, broccoli, spinach, herbs. carrots and beets.    So now, just when we thought we were catching up to with the weeds, weeding starts all over again!  And because we didn’t have great control of the weeds in the spring I have a feeling it’s gonna be bad,  so I took some pictures now while it still looks clean.  

The field tomatos are starting to ripen quicker now and the plants are still healthy, so I think by next week we should have decent amounts for csa.  We had a group photo today at lunch, at which point everyone went into the washstation to cool down and Sarah complained about how cold she always is while wearing her winter jacket under her rain coat.  That air conditioner really works!

Now that we’ve gotten used to the new space, I was wondering how the h— did we ever fit this all in to a space 1/5 the size before?  When I measure it out it’s not even physically possible.  Somehow we did something for a couple years that’s not actually possible.

You might all get to meet Irina now as she’ll be trading off doing the csa pick up with me the next 2 weeks.

Finally, because I haven’t grossed anyone out with insects for a while.  I found a door to a shed had been left open and I couldn’t get in because a web covered the whole doorway and this spider was waiting to eat me.   If anyone knows what this is you when a free lb of potatos.   And do spiders move in the fall and hibernate or something?, because I’m going to have to get in this shed soon but it looks like it was a lot of work making a web that big and I’d feel bad to break it.  Does anyone know how to move a web?

That’s it for this week.

See you soon!

Jonathan, Sarah, Irina, Jaroslav and Nicholas.

Farm News Aug 07/2017

We’ll have the following veggies this week:

lettuce, spinach, chard, kale,cabbage, broccoli, beans, onions, peppers, eggplant, cucumber, zucchini, potato, carrots, beets, turnip, kohlrabi, celery, dill, cilantro, basil, parsley and scallions,

On the farm this week:

Jaroslav was running the farm the last few days (and it looks like he did a pretty good job) as I was in Vancouver for my brothers’ wedding from Thursday until Saturday.   I think I might just leave Jaroslav in charge from now on because this summer holiday thing is pretty good!

Spinach is back this week.  We didn’t have spinach for a couple weeks because a couple plantings of it died from being too wet.   But we have a new planting that’s ready now and here’s some new spinach being picked this morning. 

The days are getting noticeably shorter now.  Each morning it’s a little bit darker, so I guess winter is almost here!

We’re also starting to see the first few red tomatos, so I guess summer is almost here also!

This picture was taken before I ate lunch, otherwise it would just be green tomatoes in the picture.  So far the tomatoes are all looking pretty healthy this year and we’re hoping they stay that way.  We’ve been taking extra precautions this year to control for septoria leaf spot which is the disease that has been plaguing our tomatos the last couple years.   We’ve got new stakes for trellising them and are spraying them with copper when conditions are favourable for disease.

We also tried tomato cages on the determinate tomatos hoping it would be less handling of the tomato plants.  That worked up until about one week ago by which time they were so heavy that when a breeze came they all blew over.  Oh well.  I guess I’ll scratch my head for a while and hopefully think of a really easy way to fix that.

We’ve had an amazing year for bugs this year: There haven’t been any mosquitos all summer!  But since I have to complain about bugs each year,  it’s house fly season and they are so annoying I think I’d prefer mosquitos.  I’m wondering if I smell like fresh manure because  they’re all over me and if I stand by a pile of manure they choose me over the manure!

Anyways, that’s it for this week

See you soon!

Jonathan, Sarah, Irina, Jaroslav and Nicholas

Farm news, Aug 03/2017

We’ll have the following veggies this week:

lettuce, chard, kale, broccoli, celery, cucumber, zuccchini, onions, peppers, beans, potatos, carrots, beets, turnips, kohlrabi, parsley, cilantro, basil, scallions and hot peppers.

On the farm this week: 

Ok, when I said it was hawt before I was wrong.  Now it’s hawt!  We haven’t had to water for a while which has been nice, but this week we’re hooking back up all the sprinkler.  It’s funny though – no matter how hot it is, no one likes when you turn the sprinklers on when they’re working beside it.  It seems that every time I try to do something nice for people I get yelled at!

We got the onions weeded this week and I think we managed to weed more than the weeds grew this week, so we’re making progress!  The onions right now will be white sweet onions.

The cucumbers have exploded with this warm weather.  We’ve been picking a lot!  So it seems like summer is here now and the rest of the fruit – tomatos, and eggplant are hopefully not far behind!  Here’s Irina and Jaroslav picking cucumbers and zucchinnis.    I recommend onion and cucumber salad with some vinegar – Yummy!

We had another surprise visit this weekend from Shenggang who showed up saturday morning saying he came to get some exercise  and weeded the beans.  I don’t think he knows that if he had gone a little bit further he could have been at a beach – and I’m not going to tell him. 

The other thing that seems to like hot weather are cabbage moths and there’s lots out now, so we’ve covered the kale back up before it gets eaten.

 

That’s it for this week

See you soon!

Jonathan, Sarah, Irina, Jaroslav and Nicholas

Farm news, July 25/2017

We will have the following veggies this week:

lettuce, chard, kale, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, beets, turnips, kohlrabi, potatos, cucumber, zucchini, scallions, dill, cilantro, parsley and basil.

On the farm this week:

The big news is that we’ve got a bigger cooler (finally).   It would have been ready last week but the refrigeration unit wasn’t working well enough –  I moved a compressor and fan from a walk in cooler that was in the farm house that was supposed to work, but it was only cooling it to 10 degrees.  Up until now in the smaller shed we’ve been using a little device called a ‘cool bot’ that turns a simple window air conditioner into a fancy refrigeration unit.  So this weekend, to see if I could save 97% off the price of a new refrigeration unit, I moved the air conditioner from the old shed into the new one which is 3 times as big and it is cooling it  to 4 degrees! ( I was not expecting that!).    So we moved in! Everyone is loving all the space now – I’m going to move a lazy boy into here and just hang out on hot days drinking pina coladas.  

We got another big dump of rain Friday but it was I was working inside again – so it was perfect.  I’m the only one that hasn’t gotten rained on yet – and it’s pure coincidence I swear!  We’ve  hardly had to water at all in the last month which is nice.    Though the truck got stuck in the new road – it just sunk right in.  I’m pretty sure the whole point of a road is so that your truck doesn’t get stuck?

We planted extra potatos this year so we’re doing some potatos earlier than usual for new potatos.  While harvesting potatos and cabbage today I realized we’re shifting into weightlifting season : it seems like every bin we pick up is 50 lbs.  I miss all the leafy greens from June…  Now is when I keep telling everyone that people pay or this kind of workout – they should consider themselves lucky!

A neighbour farmer just recently asked me how we plan to get the cabbage out of the field and I told him we’ll carry it.  He just shook is head and walked away.  I infer that he thinks there’s an easier way.   Here’s Irina carrying a bin of cabbage like it’s nothing!

It turns out there are a lot of insectologists out there that know all the insects I can find.  But, finally in my last attempt to stump Sheri Lee – what is this with it’s beak in the lettuce ?.   There’s a free lb of potatos for the right answer – no google!


That’s it for this week.  See you soon!

Jonathan, Sarah, Irina, Jaroslav and Nicholas

Farm news, July 17/2017

We will have the following veggies this week:

lettuce, spinach, chard, kale, peas, broccoli, cabbage(full shares), carrots, beets, radish, turnip, kohlrabi, cucumber, zucchini, scallions, dill, cilantro, parsley, basil.

On the farm this week:

It’s wet!   I don’t know how much rain we got – my rain gauge said 0″, but it had blown upside down and I”m not sure if it’s still accurate when it’s upside down.  It’s so wet that I took one step and my boot stayed in the ground and then another step then my sock stayed in the ground and I couldn’t find it after.  So if you find a sock in your vegetables I’d love if you could return it to me.

At least I got got to see how the drainage I had done last year worked.  2 winters ago I had dug a ditch through a low spot in the middle of the field, and last november I had 2 big bulldozers with gps controlled blades slope the entire field so it all drains to the ditch so in theory the whole field should drain.  I guess I should get around to mowing the ditch one of these days..  Now with all the water it’s only a matter of time until…mosquitos!  Oh poor Jaroslav doesn’t know what he’s in for.  Also now each night all I hear is the sound of crickets.   Actually – is a cricket a frog or a grasshopper?  I’m not sure! It’s frogs that I hear.    That’ll be the skill testing question for this week, (no google).   If you know if a cricket is a frog or a grasshopper you win another broccoli.

Last week the trucks kept getting stuck in the road – aka mud pit, so I finally faced the inevitable and put in a proper road.   It goes all the way up to the new building where farm pick up people will be able to park – when it’s finished.  It will be soon I promise!

Other than that it’s just been more planting and weeding whenever we can.  Thursdays we have extra help from Kelsey who is our resident thistle puller – she comes each  thursday and pulls thistles all day long – without gloves!    Here she is pulling thistles in our fall cabbage.


That’s it for this week.  See you soon!

Jonathan, Sarah, Irina, Jaroslav and Nicholas

Farm news, July 10/2017

For CSA we will have the following veggies to choose from this week:
lettuce, spinach, chard, kale, carrots beets, radish, turnip, kohlrabi, peas, broccoli, zucchini, cucumber, dill, cilantro, basil, parsley, and scallions.

On the farm this week:

It’s been hawt!(no that’s not a typo).  If you don’t believe me just ask any of these guys.  There’s been a lot of topless people in my basement this week.  

We had some extra help this weekend from Shenggang who came to weed this weekend again and brought his son Iman to help.   And then he told me he had been weeding all week with his other job!  If anyone wants some weeding done I hear his evenings are still free.    So we managed to weed a little more than the weeds grew this week, so hopefully we can keep it up.

I also planted some winter rye between the rows of zucchini, cucumbers and all the squash to help keep the ground covered and take up nutrients and compete with the weeds in all that bare space.   While I was doing it I got caught by surprise when I found some cucumbers on the cucumber plants! I was not expecting to find those there. There were just a few but I think by next week there’ll be lots.

Sheri Lee Krymusa has done it again and is 4 for 4 in all the contests this year by having the weediest garden!  Is there no stopping her?!  Below is her tomato garden and there’s not even tomatos in it – it’s just weeds!  For this week who can name the weeds in her tomato garden for an extra broccoli?  I have to keep going until I stump Sheri – lee.

Finally we’re tilling in the first plantings of things and replanting.   This week I tilled in a bunch of old lettuce mix, spinach, asian greens and radish and it’s being reincarnated into our fall planting of broccoli, carrots, beets, spinach and lettuce.   Here we are planting broccoli and getting some help from a csa member Alex who toughed it out on the hottest day of the year.

That’s it for this week.  See you soon!

Jonathan, Sarah, Irina, Jaroslav, Nicholas and special guest Shenggang.

 

Farm news, July 3/2017

We’ll have the following veggies to choose from this week:

lettuce, spinach, chard, kale, sugar snap peas, carrots, beets, radish, turnips, broccoli, bok choi, kohlrabi, arugula, mizuna, dill, cilantro, basil, parsley, scallions and garlic scapes

On the farm this week:

I went to go shopping on Saturday and everything was closed!  In case anyone else didn’t know – it was Canada day this weekend.  So I hope you all had a good long weekend!

We had another big rain on Wednesday and conveniently that was the day I was working inside on the building again.  It makes me really popular when I do that.

With the consistent rain we’ve got lots of weeds now, and with the days being so long they’re growing so fast!  It’s scares me to look at them sometimes.  Sarah put it best:  when I asked her what’s the priority for weeding she said ‘everything’!


Here’s Jaroslav and Sarah after weeding our second planting of carrots.  We just started harvesting from our first planting and if we timed it right this planting will be just the right size by the time our first one is finished.  We usually plant carrots 4 times through the summer.

A lot of people knew the caterpillar from last week – it was a swallowtail butterfly.  I’m learning lots about garden insects from testing people!   Right now Sheri lee-Krymusa is on a winning streak getting all 3 in a row.  For this weeks contests I think I need help feeling better about how weedy the garden is, so it’s  contest for who has the weediest garden.    Send in a picture and whoever’s garden is the most overgrown with weeds gets an extra lb of peas!  If you’ve got a nice clean garden I don’t want to see it.

We picked the garlic scapes and they’re delicious.  I like fry them in some oil or butter or pickle them and eat them with everything.   The garlic scape is the flower stalk on garlic and we pick them off so the garlic doesn’t produce seed and makes bigger bulb instead – or at least that’s the theory.  And they’re only in season once a year!

It’s going to be hot this week which is just what these plants love; so we should have some of these coming soon(just the bottom row – dont’ get your hopes up too high)…

 

 

That’s it for this week.

See you soon!

Jonathan, Sarah, Irina, Jaroslav and Nicholas