An interesting week, but then they all are. We did not have a lot of opportunity to get into the garden this past week because conditions of weather or soil moisture were not always right. But we did, in one afternoon, plant six rows of Broad Beans (Fava or Horse Beans). They are the three beds (two rows per bed) to the right of the Persian and Music Garlic bed. We tried the row seeder but it kept missing or jamming so we resorted to just seeding by hand. We need one of the better row seeders but it would cost nearly a thousand dollars to get a decent one with enough accessories to plant most any seed we wanted to. That is not too much for gaining the ability to rapidly and reliably sow our seeds but we don’t have the bucks to invest just now so we will struggle on with what we have.
There is some more rain heading our way but, if it is not too heavy and clears quickly enough, then our ground will dry up enough to get more seeding done. One good afternoon will see 4 or 5 beds planted to carrots, peas, beans, lettuce, spinach, radish, onion, and at least 2 or 3 rows of spuds as well.
Aerron and I have also been busy with fencing and gathering firewood, boiling down Maple sap to make syrup and looking after all of our animals. The gathering of Maple sap has ended and I’ll give you a summary of our seasons Maple syrup production next week. Two or three more days of boiling and then we will be done.
Still time for anyone to join the CSA but don’t wait too long as we can only have a set number of people, so if you have not contacted us then please do so as soon as you can. E-mail is fine as I check twice or more each day and try to be sure to reply promptly.