Lettuce Saga this Season

Most years we have lettuce available in plentiful quantities from April through October or Thanksgiving.  This year has been different.           Ken has planted lettuce as he usually does – each week or ten days.  There have been several mishaps this year.            The deer got past Oscar one night and ate the hearts out of most of one crop.  Another bolted and melted down in the …

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Buddha in the Buckwheat – Green Manures Take off in Perennial Project

As part of the perennial project Ken prepared the soil to plant green manures           We planted several seeds – wheat, oats, beans, peas, flowers, and buckwheat.              The buckwheat really came up quickly and is nearly ready to bloom

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Day lilies Made the Move – Perennial Project Continues

Ken and I tackled moving the perennial flowers from the weedy bed this spring.  First Ken pastured the hens, then we moved flowers, then the pigs dug out the bulk or the weeds.  After moving the pigs, Ken ran the tractor and a cultivator through and we planted green manures.  Right now the buckwheat is taking hold with the other seeds coming up – peas, oats, beans, wheat, and other old seed. The day lilies …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has salad and braising greens, beets, bok choy, green onions, celery, cukes and zucchini, snap peas, and green beans. Field Notes.  The hot weather crops are starting to produce!  People are asking for them, but with the beautiful cool nights we have had they are a bit slower to ripen than most years.  We usually have a couple red tomatoes by July 4th, but they are just …

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Coming Soon – Farm Tour – Reserve your Spot!

 Farm Tour!  Less than a week away.  Sunday July 24th, 2 – 4 p.m. Rain or Shine  Tour the growing spaces – garden fields, greenhouses and we wrap it all up with a garden lunch.     Tips – from asparagus to zucchini – compost, tomatoes, etc. See ideas grown over the decades like  a cuke fence to tying up tomatoes Planning on attending?  Let us know so Judith knows how much food to prepare …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has salad and braising greens, Carrots, snap peas, herbs, green onions, the first of the potatoes, beans, and green top Walla Walla onions Field Notes.  The key words for the week are green manures and mulch!  Ken is nearly done mulching.  And he has green manures coming up all over – field to the former flower garden!   Last weekend Ken traveled to the Mother Earth News …

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Mulching Continues – Nearly Done

Ken has been mulching! Why?  Mulch has many advantages over open soil – lowers weed pressure, moderates soil temperatures to promote microbial life, adds organic matter and fertility to the soil. We have used several different mulches.  When we first met we would let the area around the yard grow, Ken would mow with a sickle mower, I would rake and we’d pile the trailers and unload onto the field. For several years we got …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has salad and braising greens, garlic scapes, green onions, snap peas, beets or carrots, European turnips, herbs, the last of the asparagus   Field Notes.  Green manures and mulch.  Ken is juggling the usual sequential plantings of greens, tying up tomatoes, irrigating the greenhouses, cultivating with a push to get areas either planted with green manures or mulched.  Green manures are like living mulch – they lessen …

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Happy 4th!

What a beautiful summer day!  Ken is busy with tasks he wants to finish before the rain that is forecast on Tuesday.  He is busy preparing beds for green manure.    He is also “slaying weeds” on this sunny day and preparing other soil for mulching before the rain and more weeds germinate.  Mulch will lessen weed pressure on the crops and moderate soil temperatures to promote microbial life. I made a snap pea salad …

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Moving Day

Well actually two.  Thursday after midday meal Ken was ready to move the pigs, so we did!  They had dug up their area and gladly moved to the next.        Ken chose a woodsy location so they can stay cool in the summer heat.     The geese range through the former pig area – they are gleaning any stray grain along with the wild birds   The next morning before letting the …

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