Pollinators

Pollinators are crucial to a garden.  About a third of our food requires pollination.  Think of all those flowering plants that produce a “fruit” for us to eat – peas, beans, cucumbers, squash, melons, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, apples, plums, raspberries, strawberries, etc     Ken keeps honey bees, and we encourage all pollinators.  We try to have something blooming for them .  Now the anise hyssop is blooming.         It is a …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has tomatoes, potatoes, cukes, peppers, onions, garlic, beans, beets, greens and lettuce. Field Notes.  Ken transplanted fall greens.  Ken starts them , moves up to 2″ soil blocks and then transplants to the garden. This means more time in that garden space for other things and more importantly transplanting a small seedling in a clean bed gives the plant a decided edge over the weeds. Ken is …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This CSA box has tomatoes, potatoes, cucumbers, cabbage, peppers, eggplant, onions, garlic, carrots or beets, greens, beans, and basil.           Field Notes.  Ken has been pulling crops as they become less productive so he can make room for later crops.  He got beds ready for fall greens, and will transplant in the next few days.  He likes to let the beds rest and then rake any weeds …

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Preparing Beds for Fall

Ken is constantly planting from February through November.  This week he pulled out the determinate tomatoes in the garden and some summer squash  plants.       Then he started mulching and preparing the beds for fall crops –         Then Ken ran the wheel hoe through the beds           and added compost           Finally Ken spread out the compost, and now he will …

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Labor Day – When Pigs become Hogs

It’s that time of year!  Each Labor Day Ken announces the pigs have become hogs.  Gone are the cute little piglets, and even the gawky, funny adolescents.        They still are characters and they are full of energy           The pigs get broader and they start to have  jowls, and with the longer, cooler nights, they become most serious about their food. These pigs will go to the locker …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, cucumbers, onions, garlic, cabbage, kale, eggplant, carrots or beets, basil and parsley       As I write this on Monday, Ken is thinning the fall beets and carrots.  They are varieties from a UW vegetable trial program.  We have found some new great varieties in greens, tomatoes, and peppers that we would not have tried if we were not participating in the …

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Late Summer on the Farm

As we approach Labor Day, the nights are cooler and longer, and I feel a sadness.  That long list of plans from May needs to be revisited with a realistic eye, prioritized, and edited.  The perky plants of May and June are large and sprawling; some have even started to die back.  Their efforts have gone into making fruit and they have the look of an older woman – just as beautiful as the perky …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden! This week’s CSA box has tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, carrots, onions, garlic, eggplant, cabbage, greens, basil, parsley, and cilantro Field Notes.  Ken has been harvesting!  And he is planting fall crops as well.  He has been mulching and composting and preparing the soil where the mobile tunnel will move for late fall and winter. From the Kitchen.  I am moving into preserving mode.    Last week I made jams and froze ripe …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has tomatoes, potatoes, onions, peppers, cucumbers, zucchini,  eggplant, garlic, cabbage. greens, parsley, and basil           Field Notes Ken has been cultivating adding compost and mulch to the area next to the mobile high tunnel.  This will add organic matter and fertility when the tunnel is moved to that location.  He has also been planting, weeding, and of course, picking.  either of us need …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has tomatoes, potatoes, radishes, eggplant, zucchini, cucumbers, cabbage, onions, garlic, greens, parsley, and basil. Field Notes.  Ken had a weekend off!  This year we each are trying to take some time for other things to avoid burn out.  It is one of the more difficult times of the year on a farm;  it is easy to focus on the farm’s needs and forget what the people need …

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