July 11 2013 Farm Newsletter 20-2

Hello:   Welcome to week two for the CSA pickups here at the farm.  Lots accomplished during the week; a granddaughter’s 5th birthday celebrated, extensive hand weeding in several areas, potato rows gone over for beetles and their larvae and much of the garden worked over with the horse cultivator. We have had plenty of rain. Too much as we now have difficulty weeding and there is a lot to do.  The horse cultivator is our prime tool and if the ground is too wet we can’t use it. Lately we have needed at least one full day to get the ground dry and for more than a week we had not been able to cultivate. This means the weeds have grown unhindered except where we hand weed and hoe.  The garden, however, is far too big for us to do it all by hand. Often we do a fair bit of weeding as we harvest.

We have made some small improvements aimed at easing traffic flow on pickup day, grass trimming will help and there is a small pull over spot on the left just after coming in from the road. There is a yellow rope strung along the edge of the garden to designate car parking; drive as far along as you can and park your vehicle nose in to the garden as straight as you can get it with plenty of room between vehicles. The hope is that all this will minimize congestion. When leaving, at the road, try to keep to the left so as to have a better view down the hill on Robinson Road. Always watch for children as there are usually a few about, drive slow.

This week’s veggies will include Potatoes, green Onion, Radish which are different from last week’s and better. The radishes seemed OK last week, the ones I tried were fine and they looked OK as I pulled them, but some of the ones I tried after were definitely not good. Let me know what you got. Broad beans; the outer appearance may not be appealing but the beans inside are almost always just fine. the outer shell is not really palatable. The beans are good eating raw as long as they are green and are fine when cooked. Think of them as Lima Beans. More Green Onion, again these are immature slicing onions and some are those that are bolting, sending up a seed stalk which is edible still. Greens; Mizuna as an addition to stir frys or as a sandwhich filler, Arugula, this has bolted, but the flavour is still the same. The leaves are much smaller and it wilts quickly but this has no effect on flavour. Spinach, small amount, and last week for a bit. Green and Purple Beans are really nice and tender. Purple beans turn a shade of green when cooked. Potatoes, Norlands this week.

I’ll post this now and add photos in a few minutes more.  Remember to bring bags.

Ah, the life of a Kitten

Ah, the life of a Kitten

The horses from our kitchen window as they mow the grass in our back yard/chicken run.

The horses from our kitchen window as they mow the grass in our back yard/chicken run.

The tater pickin' gang hard at work in the Norlands.

The tater pickin’ gang hard at work in the Norlands.

William found a two hand full.

William found a two hand full.

Broccoli and cabbages with cilantro to the right.

Broccoli and cabbages with cilantro to the right.

The Squash and Pumpkin vines are just starting to run.

The Squash and Pumpkin vines are just starting to run.

Building cumulo-nimbus early Wednesday afternoon about 4 hours before the rain.

Building cumulo-nimbus early Wednesday afternoon about 4 hours before the rain.

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