Tuesday, June 30, 2015
In the Share - Week 8
GARLIC F/P The first of the garlic bulbs, fresh from the field.
BEETS OR TURNIPS F/P The share is root-heavy while we wait for our fruits to come on.
GREENS CHOICE P Swiss chard, kale or cabbage
LETTUCE OR TOMATOES F We will be making this horrible choice for you and will try our best to get everyone tomatoes just as fast as we can.
NEW POTATOES F/P A mixture of types we dug from the lower part of the field where they were in danger from the soggy soil.
CARROTS F The non-stop rain has taken many carrots to rot. Expect less than usual until the second planting comes in August.
SUMMER SQUASH OR CUCUMBERS F Our first planting of these crops is very soggy and we don't think we'll have much of either until the second planting kicks in maybe 2-3 weeks from now.
HERBS F/P Genovese basil, lemon basil or summer savory
NEXT WEEK: More squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, cabbage and onions.
A break from the rain is a chance to harvest what survives (garlic, carrots, potatoes), tend to the growing plants (tomatoes, sweet potatoes, squash and cucumbers) and prepare for the plantings to come. Luckily, today it dried out enough that Tom and I spent the afternoon on the tractors while the rest of the crew pulled weeds and dug roots.
That's me cultivating the squash and cucumber plants with the electric AC G tractor. Tom was on "Grandpa", our International 504, pulling the spader, which is the implement we use to prepare the soil for planting. This is the first time since early May that we have been able to spade the soil and we hope to have at least one more chance before the broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and fennel plants growing in the greenhouse will need to be transplanted, not to mention the fall carrot, beet and turnip seeds that need to go in by the end of the month. We do what we can and hope to keep on the sunny side...