|Look Kate C., I'm already sweating in my new hat. Yay! Gross.|
Harvested this week:
Asparagus, Rhubarb, Assorted Mint and Sage
I harvested about this much Asparagus twice a day all week. At the end of the week it added up to 5 lbs and went to Grillfish.
Production and Distribution
|Chef Milanes of Grilfish|
|Mint and Sage|
Cultivation and Maintenance
Ugh! Caterpillars! These tiny green caterpillars are on everything! I mean everything, not just the plants but the buildings, the fences, me... They are blowing around on their little silks and when they land on something they like they start to munch. I first noticed them on the baby apple trees. Thursday I spent about an hour picking them off by hand. What a pain.
|Can you see them? There are 2, they are tiny. Look on|
the right most leaf.
|This one is brown and blue, possibly the same guy in another stage?|
I put the new truck to good use this week. There is a lumber mill nearby that sells double shredded hardwood mulch and will load your truck up for a reasonable fee. I used the entire load in two days on the orchard, grapes, berries, asparagus, rhubarb and herb garden. I may go back for seconds. The hope is that time and effort spreading mulch now will help eliminate those things dealing with weeds later. It will also help hold moisture and stabilized the soil temperature. All good things.
Under the mulch in places I also put cardboard or newspaper. This is an additional weed barrier and like the mulch it will eventually break down, get eaten by earthworms and add organic matter to the soil.
|Watering in cardboard around the Muscadines|
|All the grapes mulched|
|I ran out of cardboard and switched to 3 sheets of newspaper|
Here are some moments from the farm this week.
|Teeny Tiny Mushroom|
|Grape vine growing beautifuly|
|My friends the earthworms|
Direct seeded into the fields this week:
Broccoli, Lettuce (several varieties), Cauliflower, Beets, Mustard Greens, Kale, Choi, Radishes (round 2), and Carrots
I also transplanted all of the perennial herbs from a row in the field to the new herb garden. Then I direct seeded a bunch of new herbs. Here is the beginning of the herb garden. You are seeing Sage (upper left), Oregano (upper right), Thyme (lower right), and Lavender (front and center). All of the sticks are where other herb were seeded.
We had a whole lot of Thyme on our hands and I had this problem drop-off between two rows of Rhubarb. The whole field is on a hill but this particular spot was just a tiny cliff. It was covered in grass and I left some of that in place on purpose to help with erosion. However, I would rather a delicious herb than grass so I transplanted a few of the Thyme plants onto the tiny cliff. I am hoping they will like it there and help to hold the soil in place with their roots. I think the plants themselves may also help to slow down the flow of water. It's all one big experiment. I'll let you know how it turns out.
|Thyme for erosion control?|
My farming friend Kathy came to visit and help out on Saturday. Among other things she started some Cucumber, Squash and Zucchini seeds for us. Puddy helped.
|Just the like the good ol' days|
When I transplanted the herbs I realized that the sage was growing really well and needed a good trimming back. I took off over a pound of the savory herb and took some home where I simmered it in butter and mixed it into my mashed potatoes. That was really yum.
|The coffee was awesome.|
Saturday morning after I made my delivery I had the chance to eat at one of the EatWell Restaurants for the first time. I can't believe I didn't order any vegetables but Blueberry Pancakes just sounded so good, and they were. My friend Kathy joined me and had the Veggie Burger which was recently ranked #4 in the city. That is quite an impressive rank in such a foodie town.
|Really, really good pancakes.|
|Posted in the Commissary Restroom and|
around the EatWell Restaurants
|First on the list. This is at Logan Tavern.|
We also took a stroll down the block to peek in at Logan Tavern.
|The new truck is Puddy approved. Thanks Katie for the fancy African blanket!|
(Sorry I'm using it for my dirty farm dog :-/ )