Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has lettuce, kale, arugula, French breakfast radishes, green onions, garlic scapes, snap peas, carrots, parsley, strawberries, and the last of the asparagus.     Field Notes.  Ken is wrapping up asparagus season with weeding and mulching the beds with the assistance of his faithful helper, Oscar the dog!  The plant shoots will grow and send energy to the roots for next year’s crop.  One of the most …

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Asparagus Season is Coming to an End

Asparagus is a perennial.  That means Ken stops picking it, weeds it, either mulches or plants a cover crops, and encourages growth for next season’s crop.  This year Ken is mulching the asparagus.         He weeds it with “help” from his faithful dog, Oscar.          This is what Ken refers to as “hands and knees” weeding.  For most annual crops he can go down the row with a hand …

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Encouraging Pollinators

Ken encourages indigenous, native  pollinators.  About a third of our produce requires pollination – the nightshade family of tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and the cucurbit family of summer and winter squash and cucumbers, and legumes like peas and beans.  All these crops flower and once pollinated they set fruit, and we eat the fruit. Two things Ken does – well, actually the first is what he doesn’t do .  He doesn’t use any chemicals.  Chemicals that …

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