Strawberries – A Love Hate Relationship

I love strawberries.  They are usually the first fruit after a long winter.  And I don’t mind picking a limited quantity bent over or on my hands and knees.  The Germans, I am told, call them ground berries – and for good reason.     Finding strawberries grown without chemicals is challenging.  They are usually one of the top crops listed on the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen crops with pesticide residue.   Strawberries are …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has lettuce, salad greens, braising greens like kale or chard, green onions, asparagus, herbs, and snap peas. Field Notes.  Ken is busy; that seems to be a common spring theme.  He is wrapping up the full season plantings with sweet potatoes (they came late) and next season’s strawberry plants, and starting fall plantings of root crops like beets and carrots.  In between rain he cultivates.  And when …

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Happy Solstice!

Here we are at the solstice, the longest day of 2016.  Then the days slowly shorten, and the crops grow; their goal is to set seed before the season ends or in the case of biennials, store enough energy in the root for seeds next season.  Ken has moved a step ladder to the mobile high tunnel and has begun the regular task of trimming and tying up tomatoes so they continue to grow and …

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