Things are going well here on the farm. The weather has cooled off and the bugs have bugged off. Gone are the bug coats to be replaced with sweaters and light jackets. Ben & Jake are growing like bad weeds and are taking naps at the same time which is allowing me to be able to help Derek and John with the harvest by bagging and weighing out greens and other veggies. It feels good to be involved again. Derek and John are in the works of setting up a hoop house for a bed of Tatsoi as an experiment to see how long in the season we can grow greens for. First they built a frame where they bent metal pipe, next they measured along the vegetable bed five feet apart and hammered rebar into the ground. The metal pipes were then put over the rebar. The next step will be to find a row cover wide enough to cover the hoops. Hopefully it'll be a success.
Our cat nugget had her kittens in the last few weeks and we finally found them behind scrap wood in the storage room. Three little orange kittens, too cute!
Our fall greens are coming along nicely. We are currently harvesting arugula, mizuna, komatsuna and lettuce mix. We have spinach, radish, tatsoi, more arugula and mizuna, swiss chard and beet greens coming along nicely and hopefully the fall weather is agreeable so we can have greens into the fall. We just finished harvesting our purple and coloured carrots and only have orange ones left. The leeks, onions, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, zucchini and beans are all still producing but as the cooler weather sets in the heat loving crops like tomatoes, beans and peppers will slow down and we'll be left with the hardy veggies like onions, carrots, parsnips, rutabaga and leeks.
A few photos to show whats going on. enjoy!!
Ben and Jake
Jen and Ben
Setting up the hoops
Onions drying in the sun
Derek & John setting up hoop house
Work horse rototiller & sunflowers