Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has lettuce, summer cabbage, carrots, kale, green beans, radishes, potatoes, bok choy, Walla Walla Sweet onions, and parsley Field Notes.  Mulching the garden continues.  Ken is cultivating, wheel hoeing and mulching.  He also planted six flats of fall crops one evening last week.  He transplants in the evening so the plants experience less shock and recover to grow more quickly. Ken is tying up tomatoes weekly as …

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To Mulch or Not to Mulch?

Each season Ken makes a decision whether to mulch or not. If he decides not to mulch he plants a green manure crop.  When it is hot or dry and the green manure won’t sprout, it’s a good time to mulch.     Both mulch and green manures cover bare areas.  They retain moisture in times of drought.  They moderate the soil temperature to promote microbial life in the soil.  The weed germination and pressure on …

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Here a Chick, There a Chick…

Ken has always encouraged broody hens to hatch chicks.  A few years back when the price of day old chicks went to $4 each, Ken got serious about hatching out chickens to replace older laying hens.  A chick grows into either a pullet (female) or cockerel (male), and then as adult they are hens or roosters.  Pullets grow for about six months before they lay eggs.  Their first eggs are small and people call them …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has lettuce, spinach, bok choy, green onions, radishes, beans, cabbage, zucchini, broccoli, anise hyssop and thyme. Field Notes Temperature fluctuations are extreme this week; we had a sweltering day Saturday and a cool easy to work day Sunday.  The temperature spread was about thirty degrees. This is stressful on the plants and animals (and farmers).  We are hoping for more moderate temperature swings. Ken has been wheel …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has summer spinach, chard, kale, mixed brassica greens, beet thins, bok choy, green onions, rutabagas, and herbs – parsley and marjoram and the last of the strawberries     Field Notes.  Ken has been planting and weeding.  He plants some crops like greens throughout the season.  Others like peppers he plants and transplants once. As the plants grow he keeps the plants ahead of the weeds so …

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Beans are blooming – I shall be picking soon

Green beans mean summer!  First they bloom, then they have tiny fruit – what Ken calls rat tails, and these grow into the pods I will pick       Once I see blossoms I start checking for tiny pods – today I saw the first one!  In a couple weeks we will have beans for sale.

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Sunday Evenings in the Garden with Folk Music!

Ken has a set of radio headphones.  He really enjoys folk music, so most Sundays he sets them for Wisconsin Public Radio’s Simply Folk show and heads out to garden or field.        This week he is going through the walkways in the garden with his wheel hoe         It is a two handled tool that has one wheel and various attachments – one has tines one has a pointed …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has lettuce, spinach, salad greens, braising greens, snap peas, beets or carrots, green onions, herbs, and strawberries Field Notes. Although Ken is always planting, right now he is really focused on cultivating and weeding.  If he and the crops can stay ahead of the weeds now when plants are small, those crop plants can establish “canopy” and make shade so they can stay ahead of the weeds …

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One of my Favorite”Tools”

I am not as spry as I used to be.  I still pick many of the small items we offer for sale like strawberries, peas, and beans.  I usually pick the peas into a four or five gallon bucket; this one is a second hand molasses bucket from the co-op. The strap on portable milking stool is a real lifesaver – one of the best investments I ever made!  

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Where ARE Those Tomatoes???

Each year people eagerly await the first tomatoes.  And they expect us to have them the same time each year.  Unfortunately tomatoes work with the weather, not the calendar!  Tomatoes like hotter weather, but not too hot.  These wonderful, cool nights for sleeping mean that the tomatoes are slower to bloom and ripen than some years. Each day Ken is opening and closing the greenhouse to keep it warm, but not too hot.  I keep …

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