Green Week 6 (day late and dollar short)

My how time flies…

First, the intent is to get this out on Wednesday. Due to a number of honeydo and other jobs, well, it didn’t happen. The prior years Main Season had a lot of Full Share boxes – well, for this weekend they have been repurposed to pack every Women’s Tea cup, saucer, plate, pots known to conform to the decor design:

Full Share boxes of tea china!

Actually, there are an additional 4 full share boxes which were not used. So, -if ever you want to pack china, use a full share box and the bubble wrap which was used to cover the February seedlings.

Meanwhile, the day work has all be about trying to get seedlings in the ground. This week has been a LOT like July in terms of heat and dry, but the odd thing is that plants had been holding off “Spring” until all of a sudden it has become hot. So, lots of things bursting forth. It is completely clear that lots of heat really makes the plants happy. Fruit sets are great, flowers are exploding, and grass. Sigh. Grass is a significant project here, so the nice clean rows of the garden now have young hay. Mowing that down will be a longish sort of project. The second issue is beds that were not paper mulched are now knee deep. So – flowers and other seedlings go in just as soon as the beds are cleaned:

Zinnias, Statice, Geraniums, etc….

Speaking of fruit – it is fascinating to watch the Figs. It is completely evident that Figs love heat – both plants have a large set of fruit:

One of many baby figs… Gonna be a big fruit year!

Meanwhile, of course, the plants that had not really taken off in April are getting into gear. Should be plenty of Asparagus this week, and of course Cabbage. There are fewer members in the green season than last year, so this year you all get cabbage for quite a while. The initial planning of the cabbage assumed that the half bed of them in a Tomato raised bed would be gone last week… Well, they are still there. So, enjoy your cabbage!

the list for this week:

Lettuce Mystery Lettuce week continues – the red iceberg is most common.
Brassicas Cabbage and more cabbage… And Kale, small leaf. Kale isn’t that fond of hot weather.
Roots  Beets are growing, but it looks like oh say Main season. They are also being encroached on by weeds. Sigh. And volunteer potatoes (the fingerlings) have returned. It doesn’t take much of a left over to return.
Greens  Arugula, Wasabi mustard, Spinach. Probably last week for Spinach, it is not happy with warm weather.
Herbs Chives, Mint,, Celery leaf, Parsley. Cilantro is available. Thyme and Sage need to be set out, they look great.
Misc  Asparagus – 4-6 spears per each – really delish…  Rhubarb – nobody ask last week…you have not because you ask not.
There are a few snap peas. They have had a rough spring, lots of rodent predation, losing the growth end is hard to recover from. Chard, of course.

Lots of work seeding, weeding, and mowing ahead. Very interesting season, great for the warm season crops. Hard for the cool season crops. There may be a challenge to get lettuce out in a week or two…

Stay cool!

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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