So I love Calvin and Hobbes.. And this seems like one of those "character building" moments Calvin's father would always talk about, so I can only imagine what's going through August's mind right now. #spacemanspiff
Coming to CSA week 3. The magical garlic scape. Yes, Please.
Market harvest day done just in time for the golden hour.
CSA week 2 : multicolor lettuce mix, red radishes, baby hakurei turnips, beet greens, pink turnip braising greens, and a micro salad of pea, sunflower and micro radish. Norah asked that the whole family do the delivery route this afternoon which I'm pretty sure is just a gambit to go out for ice cream.
Norah is getting pretty good at portraits
Getting excited for next week's CSA delivery already..
One by one, the first planted beds of the season are getting cropped out, refertilized, and replanted, while the next rounds of veg is maturing in other plots. In Pic 1 are the very earliest of the season. The two black tarps are smothering what's left of arugula that's been getting harvest over the last few weeks which will then be getting planted to fall carrots. A bed that once contained d'avignon radishes is now home to salanovs lettuce heads, sugar snap peas and scallions. Half a bed of pink turnips have been harvested and transplanted to butter head lettuce, a bed containing pink radish has been sown to purple carrots, and over the next week, all the salanova lettuce heads will be harvested and replanted to romaine heads. Weather and season permitting, I'll be getting one more round of production off of many several of these beds alone.
A closer look at one of the scallion beds that are intercropped with French breakfast radishes. After the scallion sets were transplanted, I waited for the first emergence of weeds. After cultivation, I ran a seeder inbetween the scallion sets. The idea is that as the radish foliage grows, they will out compete the weeds for space and sunlight, creating a green canopy underneath the scallions that will also help protect from soil erosion and retain moisture as well as a secondary cash crop in the same bed as the scallions. We'll see how this plays out in the coming weeks.
Great day at the #gorhamfarmersmarket ! Thanks everyone for coming out. So, June 2nd and it's 85°. Cookout weather, yes. Spring vegetable growing weather, no! Ol' mama nature is leading a scorched earth campaign of unseasonably high temperatures and zero rainfall in the last three+ weeks which means bolting spinach and constant irrigation just to keep the crops from burning to death. Now, I'm not a religious man, but I am praying for rain. Two days ago we ran our well dry from running it too hard. So please mamma, give us some rain.
Most of the time I am so wrapped up in the chaos on the farm that i forget to stop and see what has already been accomplished here in a short amount of time... Some great friends from college came through the area today and served a me a great compliment and reminder. As I was rambling and grumbling about all the work to be done and junk to be cleared around the homestead, Matt stopped me and said, "dude, you created paradise." It's a constant evolving work in progress, but yes. Yes I have. Thanks for reminding me, Matt.
My office with a view.. Coming in hot tomorrow to the #gorhamfarmersmarket with bags of beautiful spring mix salad, a nutrient dense micro salad, radishes bunches, sunnies, pea shoots and the micro radish mix. Have a great evening!
Say it five times fast: Successful planning of succession planting in practice. May 31st in Maine and this single 4p foot bed is now in round two of production. On April 15 it was seeded with French breakfast radishes. After this second harvest it came out to roughly 100 bunches for the bed. The bed was broad forked, raked of debris, dressed with compost and replanted with a center row of snow peas (the second round for the season), half of which were transplanted two weeks old and the other half direct seeded. On one side of the peas is a broadcast seeded row of scallion, the other a transplanted partial bed of salanova lettuce. Im nerding out so hard right now.
Salad days are truly here again.
I don't use pesticides, I got frogs guarding the salanova