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Monday, July 22, 2013

EatWell Natural Farm Week 18

Grillfish came to visit the farm this week. They had a tour, did some work and enjoyed lunch and the pool. 

Touring the farm

Grillfish staff
We also had a less welcome visitor Monday morning. Remember last week when I set a trap for whatever was eating the tomatoes? Well, I caught a skunk. When you set a trap you have to be prepared to deal with whatever you catch and I was not prepared for this. Luckily, Emil our beekeeper and handyman was on site and was willing to relocate the skunk for me. I still had to cover the trap in a tarp and move it up the hill and away from the veggies. Puddy and I went home smelling awful and she still smells a bit skunky, even after a week and a bath.


Emil harvested 2 honey frames!

Chapeau de Frade Peppers

Asstd Tomatoes and Basil

Cherry Tomatoes

A Cucumber as big as my arm!

Grillfish helped harvest Edamame

Edamame Harvest

Production and Distribution

Washing Red Sails Lettuce

Washing Yellow Squash

Delivery at The Heights

Delivery to The Pig

Cultivation and Maintenance

When we harvested the Edamame we cut the plants at the base and left the roots in the ground. We did this because they are a legume and they fix nitrogen into the soil. Nitrogen is one of the main plant nutrients that we often add with fertilizer so in this case the Edamame plants did it for us. You can see little nodules on the roots below, that's where the magic happens. 

Here's another place where nature does our cultivating for us. This bee is pollinating the Squash for me.

I also got a few of the guys from Grillfish to spread some gravel in my cleaning areas for me. There is an aggregate yard nearby where I went to buy 1 ton of gravel for the job.
Loading 1 ton of gravel into the truck


Takin care of business

Well Done.

Melons needing weeding

Tomatoes needing Trellised

Eating Well

The Pig ended up with one of the honey frames. They cut some of the honey comb into cubes and covered it with chocolate and sea salt. Holy wow were they good....
Chocolate Covered Honey Comb with Sea Salt

Blush Cherry Tomatoes and Cauliflower at Commissary

Chocolate Zucchini Campfire Cake for the farmer's birthday. :)

Puddy Time

Puddy enjoyed hanging out with the group from Grillfish but spent most of the week at home. We had a crazy heat wave and it was just too darn hot to be a black dog out in the sun. 

This dog knows how to cool off.

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