Wednesday, June 18, 2008

PROGRESS REPORT..................






It's soo important this time of year to make sure I blog enough about how the crops are growing out there! For all you folks learning about organic agriculture, this is an exciting time and as the weeks pass- crops boom in the fields, along with the weeds! It's cooler now, so the lettuce is still holding it's own and not bolting. A few green leaf have, but nothing substantial. Still lots of lettuce harvest left. However the weed concentration is nasty in the lettuce patch, BUT that's ok, lettuce is sized, soon to be all harvested and then this patch will be 'chop suey' soon enough! I'm just concentrating on a few crops, no time for it all. Tomatoes are awesome. Sizing up nice, healthy and fully cultivated and weeded. Potatoes are also very good this year. Our first planting is earlier than last year and we are hoping to harvest new potatoes in two weeks time! Beets & Peas are heading to market tomorrow! Beets are tiny, and I am creating bunches of 8 to sell. The stems and tops are good too, and by harvesting some now, even though they are tiny is a great way to 'thin' the patch and give the others more room to grow! The broccoli and the spelt field....just a gorgeous picture (not to mention the broccoli is enjoying the cool weather and is also fully weeded!) I sat out on the quad just watching the spelt moving in the wind tonight. Just peaceful after a long day of harvest. We are also taking off baby chard and kale too for market. Not a lot, just a bit to add variety to our tables. Garlic scapes are also quite popular this time of year. A second planting of beets has germinated, carrots direct seeded in between the heirloom tomatoes this year, green beans in and popping out of the ground, young leeks and onions doing really well, esp. with the generous amount of rain we've had lately! Ok, enough for now, I still have to head out to the barn and bunch some 'red baron' onions! .....pigs have arrived, are doing amazing, eatting slop made from our old potatoes cooked with organic chicken feed of corn and oats along with lettuce/spinach scraps and old asparagus, along with a daily helping of our home grown hay, mostly alfalfa! Healthy, happy squealing pigs!