Week 5

Another week opens up before us… frantic process getting things in the ground. The peppers, eggplant, summer squash and more brassicas, continuing to replant lettuce as it goes. The side job is trying to beat the overgrown grass and weeds into submission. If you look closely at the following picture you can sorta-kinda see what is happening: New bed planting with paper mulch on the left, open beds that are seeded, and transplanted beds already in place. Way off to the right are two of the long potato beds from which the new potatoes are coming.

Ready to plant, seeded, transplanted, beds at work

it is really bizarre how the Spring failure impacts the garden work – two of the warm season seedings (beans, corn) are really still struggling to germinate. The bean planting is showing about 10%, and the corn has exactly one plant in that same time frame. Beets, Turnip and Radishes which are cool season crops are sprouting nicely. The peppers, eggplant, celery and the remaining Tomatoes which were set out have started to show new growth, which is very encouraging. Summer Squash gave up and started to bloom in the seeding tray!

This week moves to the next planting of lettuces – Cegolaine, Red Iceberg, Red Sails are all ready to start heading out. There are a few cabbage left, and Bok Choi. The next planting of Mustard, Red Chard, and Bok Choi are about a week from ready to set out, although a few of the Bok Choi were already placed. The surviving Cucumber plants in the greenhouse are about ready to go on a trellis, and it is time to start the real warm season cucumbers outside.

This is old news to you faithful readers, but the season has been extremely difficult to manage. That said, it looks like boxes will continue to be filled and flowers added. The snap peas really love this weather! Incidentally, after two days above 90 today reverted back to at-or-below 60. Sheesh.

Here is the list:

Lettuce Cegolaine or Red Sails or Newham/Winter Density – nice heads for a change.
Brassicas Bok Choi, a few small cabbage.
Roots two weeks till Radishes. Four weeks till baby Avalanche beets, Turnips.
Greens Mustard … all gone, back in 3 weeks.
Chard – White, Small Red leaf; new red in 4 weeks
Spinach – New Spinach is 3-4 weeks.
Arugula – quite a bit
Herbs Mint, Oregano, Chives, Cilantro, Parsley, Basil, Celery leaves – remember to ask if you want more or less of any of the herbs.
Misc Snap peas. New Potatoes – Red Norland, Huckleberry. Flower of the week: Rose. Small Bulb Onion.

Coming very soon:  Tomatoes in about 1-2 weeks. It is a race to see what gets ripe. Cucumbers are growing finally. New radishes planted and up, Turnips, Beets as well. Radishes in 3 weeks, Turnip greens in about 5 weeks depending on weather.   Raspberries, Boysen Berries are depending on weather about 1-2 weeks.

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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