September 19, 2013 Farm Newsletter 20-12

The full pick up tables  on September 12 just before 5:00 p.m.

The full pick up tables on September 12 just before 5:00 p.m.

New planting of beets at the end of the new spinach. Tomato to the left and cabbages and lettuce mixes to the right.

New planting of beets at the end of the new spinach. Tomato to the left and cabbages and lettuce mixes to the right.

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.

New sweet peppers which have flowers but need a good bit of warm weather over about three weeks, a long shot.

New sweet peppers which have flowers but need a good bit of warm weather over about three weeks, a long shot.

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

To the left is the broccoli, in the centre is celery for cut leaf in a couple of weeks with spring '14 leeks and next seasons garlic planting to the right.

To the left is the broccoli, in the centre is celery for cut leaf in a couple of weeks with spring ’14 leeks and next seasons garlic planting to the right.

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 NotesEggs, 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

The goose in the garden getting a drink before going to work eating grass seed.

The goose in the garden getting a drink before going to work eating grass seed.

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

He is eating foxtail grass seeds which is a good thing. The fewer seeds the better.

He is eating foxtail grass seeds which is a good thing. The fewer seeds the better.

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The potato digger is there in the dust cloud.

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Near to the end or the row, with two rows of Kale on the right.

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Notice that chain running along the side of the digger from the middle of the wheel to the back of the machine. It looks like a curved series of dots. It should look like a straight line.

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See, the chain drives a small wheel right at the back. The line of dots, which is the chain, is straight and taut here, just as it should be. But the floating chain tensioner cannot be properly tightened and the chain consequently will not stay tight and flaps about. It came off twice on this row as a result.

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Two thirds of the way down and the chain will come off for the second time in a few seconds about 10 feet from the end of the row. We managed to get it back on and finished the row. I think you can see the vibration of the chain in this photo. Other than this problem, which can be rectified with a bit of work, the digger works real well. We do have to be sure that the row is also free of vegetation such as potato vines and weeds all of which hide potatoes on the ground and also tend to plug up the works.

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.

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