August 1, 2013 Farm Newsletter 20-5

Hello;     This week the ground was starting to get just a little dry so we can certainly use the rain that is just starting.  Not very much yet, just a damp ground at 6:15 on Wednesday evening.  If we can get about 10 mm overnight we will be happy, otherwise it will be back to serious watering.

We were able to get all but one small area of the garlic pulled from the ground.  That is always a big job, always done by hand, mostly one stem at a time to avoid breakage.  The garlic is of good quality but is on average smaller than we would have liked.  This was due to being late in getting the scapes removed and having too many weeds in the garlic after scaping.  We did not get out to do the final weeding except for one short length of the garlic bed.  The garlic will still have fine flavour though.

We have also been very busy planting and weeding (that is ongoing) and doing some watering in selected areas.  No serious all day irrigation sessions just yet but a lot of things would be better off, even now, from an extensive watering either by irrigation or by a good rain.

The pick list includes more potatoes, Norlands and Yukon Golds mainly plus a few Lintzer Delicattess.  We will have more Cilantro (Coriander); Dill weed if we remember; Cabbage thinnings; Kale, likely the dark green variety and lots of it; Summer Squash of various sorts and sizes, though many are now a medium size but still tender skinned; and probably more. I think Aerron said that he found a small number of cucumbers.  We will have some of the Sugar Anne peas, these are the fat edible pod type, the ones that generally taste better the worse they look. And more.

We do have a lot of weeding to do so if you have been considering doing a stint of volunteer work here at the farm then we could sure use your help over the next two weeks, mainly in the weeding department.   We get regular help from our two working sharers: Allen and Tammy are here usually weekly and Jason is here also puts in several hours work each week.  Maggie and the three boys are often out in the garden getting a lot of picking, pulling, digging and weeding accomplished.  Our Granddaughters will do a little bit at times, especially when Aunt Maggie and the boys are there.  Thank you to Mary Laurie-Pile for  volunteering to weed cucumbers one fine morning a week or two back, that was a job well done at the right time and the cucumbers noticed.   Always nice to be working with someone rather than alone and we always have pleasant conversation.

Aerron and William digging potatoes

Aerron and William digging potatoes

Weeding detail, the supervisor making sure that Maggie and the boys do a good job.

Weeding detail, the supervisor explaining to me what Maggie and the boys are doing.

The horses working at feeding themselves.

The horses working at feeding themselves.

From the left;  Rows of 'taters, two rows of kale, two rows of beans (one green, one yellow), two rows of dry beans, summer squash row.

From the left; Rows of ‘taters, two rows of kale, two rows of beans (one green, one yellow), two rows of dry beans, summer squash row.

Cody, still mowing the lawn.

Cody, still mowing the lawn.

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