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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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has lettuce, salad mix, braising greens, beets or carrots, asparagus, radishes, herbs, snap peas and strawberries Field Notes.  Ken has been vigilant about keeping the growing spaces cultivated.  After the rain, once it is dry enough he is out with either the wheel hoe or hand cultivator.  He has also been planting – cabbage for fall is now in the garden.  And he is weeding and mulching …

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Tying Up the Tomatoes

Ken plants tomatoes in a mobile high tunnel.  The structure for tying up the tomatoes is in the top structure of the greenhouse.        There is a series of moveable spools that hold twine.          The twine needs replacing every couple years           Once the twine is in place, Ken weeds, cuts suckers…         … and then he clips plants to the twine.  …

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Freezing Asparagus

Each year there is a time between the first flush and last frenzied sales of asparagus when I find there is enough for me to set aside to freeze.  Why freeze asparagus? I agree it is better fresh.  But asparagus is a magic tonic food for kidneys.  Each winter I take some frozen asparagus out of the freezer and make cream of asparagus soup. It is a real energy booster when we feel blah. Freezing …

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Peas – An Early Summer Favorite

Early each spring Ken plants snap peas.  Once he has cultivated and weeded a couple times, I help him put up the pea fence.       Then they bloom and set fruit.  Snap peas are a edible pod variety.  Just snap off the stem end and pull any “string”  that has grown along the edge.       Snap peas can be eaten raw or blanched for salads, pasta dishes, stir fry; they are …

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Ken’s Living Quilt: The Garden

The garden is in constant change.  Crops grow, fill out, are harvested.  New crops are planted and the cycle begins all over again.       For me it is like an ever changing quilt of different colors, textures and shapes.         After each rain, once the soil is dry enough to work Ken goes through and cultivates.        Today he was using a wheel hoe and seemed to be …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has lettuce, salad greens, baby brassica greens, green onions, garlic scapes, radishes, herbs, asparagus, and strawberries. Field Notes.  Sunday we got rain!  It had been dry, and Ken put off irrigating in garden and field when he heard we could get up to 2 inches.  He is still irrigating greenhouses as needed.  Prior to Sunday’s rain he was racing around getting all he could done before the …

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Maintenance Tasks for Ken

In addition to seeding and planting, this time of year has several maintenance tasks that Ken must attend to on a timely basis.  There is mowing the electric fence in the field       There putting up the pea fence so the peas can grow straight and picking is easier         There is irrigating in greenhouses.  Although there has been quite a bit of rain, it does not go into the …

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