Fall Plantings

Ken plants all season.  This week he has been transplanting fall greens.  Here are some in the garden         He has been clearing space, and preparing other beds for late season crops as well.  He pulled the sunflowers and gave the seed heads to the chickens to enjoy before the rodents ate them! Ken likes to wait a bit before planting so he can rake or cultivate.  This gives the plants a …

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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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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 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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Mulching Has Begun

Once the bulk of the planting is done, and the heat of summer arrives, Ken starts  mulching.  Some years the weather is such that Ken focuses on planting green manures rather than mulch; most years he does a lot of both.  With the season forecast as hot and dry Ken will focus more on mulch this year,  He ALWAYS plants some green manures, but it is difficult to get green manures established in heat – …

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