Week 3 Has Come Upon Us

Goodness – how time flies! The main update which is really good news is that after that nasty 3″ rainstorm late last week it has been dry enough to actually work in the outside garden.

  • Hilled up the early potatoes – accidentally exposed a pretty nice baby red – still a bit too small to start that harvest
  • FINALLY got the beans, corn, and a start on more root crops.
    • small planting of radishes
    • for the fall – Parsnips. There is at least one major Parsnip fan in the group.
    • Turnips and Beets – small sections of four different kinds of turnips
    • Lots of beans. There is some thought about an extra planting of beans for folks who would like to self-harvest enough to put up for the winter.
  • Mowing. And more mowing…

The other really nice thing to see is the fruit set on the tomatoes in the greenhouse. The freeze that killed the original starts sets them back, but honestly, it has been so cold and wet that even in the greenhouse they would not have moved very far ahead. In the end, it looks like another week will see all the trays set out, and all the current level of seeds that should have gone in the ground in late April planted. More beets and carrots, and then the winter squash will be seeded.

Ahhh – baby Tomatoes! Aren’t they cute?

It is looking like the cabbage which was supposed to go out last week is firming up the heads. There is a good supply of Bok Choi, Mustard and Chard are a bit thin, and new onions are not ready just yet. The white small bulbs onions are finally getting some traction. It seems that when it quits pouring rain and gets up about 65F or so everything gets happier. New seeding of what would be cool season crops like more mustard, bok choi and chard are started – the bok choi and chard emerged within three days, and are 4 week till ready plants.

So – assuming no major weather event – on we go:

Lettuce Winter Density – small heads (which is what they are supposed to be) this week. New lettuce is coming.
Brassicas Bok Choi, More cabbage. Will spread it around.
Roots Carrots – this is getting close to the end. There are maybe a few scraggly left-over beets out there…
Greens Mustard … getting to the end of life – smaller leaf, plants are very leggy. New Mustard in 3-4
Chard – Red or White, smaller leaf. New chard in 4-5 weeks.
Spinach – New Spinach is 5-6 weeks.
Arugula – A bit less than last week. But still quite a bit.
Vit – probably won’t ever plant this again – way too small.
Herbs Mint, Oregano, Chives, Cilantro – not a huge amount. Parsley, Mustard Flower, Basil, Celery leaves
Misc Asparagus, more snap peas. New Potatoes – like digging for gold, you don’t know if you will strike it rich or strike out…

Coming very soon: Cut Flowers, Small bulb onions,  Tomatoes in about 3-4 weeks. Cucumbers are starting to get over their strike and growing a bit. Roses are yearning for some sun. Any sun. Will be setting out cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, summer squash. It is all root bound, so we will see how it recovers. Red Norland new potatoes are considering being a good thing.

By Doug

--- 'farmer doug' is the planner and heavy lifter for the CSA and the LLC. Loves to teach; "ask him the time, he'll tell you how to make a clock." Always has a new idea to try, some of which work. BTW - if you try and phone call, and you are NOT in his caller ID you will not be answered - just leave a message and you will be called right back.

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