Update on The Farm about The Garden-


Today is Friday, June 7th…The rainy weather has set things back a bit, but we tarry on!  The early cabbage, broccoli, and yellow cauliflower was the first crop to be set out on May 23rd.  For perspective that is two weeks later than last year.  The white cauliflower, all 240 plants, had to be tossed…they were held too long in the greenhouse and had started to form their little white head, the size of a popcorn kernel. The head adjusts to the size of the plant, so that was going no where…

Each plant has a built in clock with sensors and detectors.  For the cauliflower, its clock said it was time to form a head.  For the Watermelon Radishes in the high tunnel its sensors felt the warmth, then the cold weather, then the hot weather, and its clock said it was time to go to seed…so it sent out a seed stock with a beautiful bloom on the top, and a tough, hard-to-eat root on the bottom.  Daikon radishes are a biennial, and form their seed stock the second year.

The good news is all the tomatoes, peppers, basil, celery and celeriac have found a home in the garden and are doing well, as have the onions and potatoes. Still to set out are the Lancelot Leeks which were delivered looking like fat horse hairs instead of nicely sized onion plants.  We are going to try a different technique with these to see if they will ‘make it’.

The snap peas in the high tunnel are blooming and rapidly approaching their 7 foot height. The bad news is the aphids have found the spinach and bok choi in the Gothic high tunnel, and are giving us fits.  Broccolini and Swiss chard are safe, so far…as well as the Herbs:  Oregano, Dill, Parsley, Lavendar, Thyme, Sage, and Rosemary.

In the past three days the cucumbers, summer squash, cantaloupe and other melons have been jab planted from seed.  We will finish up the winter squash tomorrow, and on Monday set out the second round of broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbages for fall harvest.  We plan to transplant the 1200 plants of Brussels sprouts on Sunday;  They are a 110 day variety that do best with an October harvest.

The Pumpkin and Sunchoke portion of the garden has not been worked yet, but once done we will get those beds laid and those two crops out.  The Farmer says the black plastic mulch speeds their maturity by a week or two.  Hopefully, enough to make up for the spring delay–most of the pumpkins are 90-110 days to maturity!

Remaining after all the jab planting and transplanting is completed are the corn, beans, carrots, beets, Daikon’s, and kohlrabi…to be planted in the front garden.  I think I have found some space to start the fennel…Lacinato kale is plugging along and the seed has been ordered for some Curly Green kale.

We have replanted Red Radishes and Hakurei turnips to include in the first Shares, as well as a new planting of Spinach, away from the aphidized spinach in the other high tunnel. Broccolini should be ready, as well as Harmonie cucumbers…maybe some zucchini–We are hopeful!  If not ready by July 11th, for sure July 18th.  A week delay will be offset with an extra week tacked on at the end!  Stay connected so you will know the exact start date!

Well, enough for now!  Back to the garden plan, and then some time this afternoon to check on the CSA Memberships and see how close we are to full!  Stay tuned–The Farmer’s Wife, bringing you an update on YOUR local farmer and produce–

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