The Weeks Weather: The good news in this department is that we have had adequate rainfall, still could do with regular small amounts every few days, but things are no longer thirsty.
The not so good news is that it is much colder than we farmers would like it to be. Many vegetables do not grow so well when it is cool, those semi tropical things such as Pepper, Eggplant, Tomato and Beans. The days are reasonably warm though we could use a few 30 + Celsius days along with warmer nights, but we’re guessing that would describe June, July and August so we will probably have to wait ’til next season.
This week: As mentioned some things are needing more heat. Other things though are percolating along just fine. The Broccoli has been slow to recover though we are usually surprised when we do get a harvest. There are now only the side shoots available, these are perfectly fine, and the large head is almost always broken up when used anyway. We may have more small heads of Cabbage
ready, more Tomato, lots of Kale and the Tulsi Basil which makes a real nice tea as well as being useful added to vegetable stir fries near the end. It dries nicely and easily just left on the table. The Lettuce this week is in a salad blend, a mesclen mix of greens including mostly Lettuce but smaller amounts of Kale, Purslane (a variety of which also grows wild in our garden), Mustard greens, Arugula and Mizuna. More Squash, Basil and we hope a couple of other things too.
Other Notes; Eggs, we still are getting lots of eggs, from our chickens ranging free in a large grassed, treed yard. Not yet organic as we don’t have easy access to an organic food. The eggs are $4.00 each dozen. This is our 12th week of the
season and we should have 5 or 6 more weeks of vegetables, probably going right through until the end of October. Remember, if something comes up and you cannot make to the farm at the designated time between 5 and 7 on Thursday, just send an e-mail letting us know when you will be able to come and likely that will be fine by us. Preference for
us is Thursday, but we know things happen, and we’d like to see you get your week’s vegetables.
Photos; The pictures were all taken on Wednesday except those of the pick up last week. There are more photos and other info on our Facebook page.
Sorry that the posting this week was more than 45 minutes getting published.
The potato digging was finished little after 6:45 and I hadn’t gotten all of the pictures and all the final editing done.
So here it is and we hope that you like and enjoy it and all the photos.
About 8 more potato rows to be dug the same way using the horse drawn digger to lay the potatoes on the surface, mostly, and then having us go back over the rows to pick up all the spuds by hand.
We’ll get the chain problem solved shortly and our ‘tater diggin’ will go a lot more smoothly with out the aggravation of a chain always threatening to come off or even break a link at any time.
This is always a source of great anxiety and of course extra work and lost time.
See you next week.