Tuesday, June 16, 2015
In the Share: Week 6
CABBAGE F/P Some are pock-marked from the hailstorm but otherwise perfectly edible.
LETTUCE F/P Lettuce season may last one week more - enjoy them while they last
FRISEE F/P Small frisee hearts for your salads.
GAI LAN, BROCCOLI SIDESHOOTS OR KOHLRABI F/P
SWISS CHARD, KALE OR BOK CHOY F
BEETS OR TURNIPS F The turnips were harvested in bulk on Saturday with the CSAs help. No tops, just bottoms. The beets will have both.
HERB CHOICE F Parsley, chives or mint.
NEXT WEEK: Green onions, lettuce, carrots, squash (hopefully!), kale or chard and potatoes.
Another week, another round of the "dodge-the-rain" game. If anyone is keeping score out there, add another 2 inches of rain to the tally. Thankfully farm apprentices, Semra and Megan, were willing to relinquish one of their day's off on Thursday, the one day that was just dry enough to plant. We seeded cucumbers, summer squashes and beans and transplanted more tomatoes, herbs, melons and flowers. At 4 pm the much anticipated box of sweet potato slips arrived via UPS and we immediately hopped on the transplanter to put them in the ground too.
The work went slowly due to the imperfect nature of the ground that has stayed too wet to prepare properly, but we managed to get all 1200 feet of the sweets in the ground by the end of the day. By the way, if anyone wants some slips for their garden let us know, we have some extra.
On a rare sunny day we put another coat of "Surround" on the squash plants. They have been in the ground since early May and are slowly growing and just starting to fruit.
The spray consists of a fine white clay that coats the leaves and is unappetizing to the dreaded cucumber beetles and squash bugs. At this point, our problem is not that we haven't been able to plant, but that the plants that are in the field, like these squashes, are growing very slowly due to the boggy conditions and lack of sunlight. If the rains could just taper off and we could get some sunshine, we think that the plants would wake up and start growing again.