It has been a little while since my last update so I would like to recap the last couple of weeks on the farm. We had a little heat wave followed by a little tornado. Separately these events might have been damaging but together they had the potential to be ruinous. We must have a guardian angel in overalls because the damage to the vegetable crops was fairly minimal. True, some of our cool weather crops bolted from the heat stress and many of our summer crops were greatly hastened in their decline but the greenhouses still stand, our deer fences still stand and none of our trucks, tractors or people were damaged. We are in pretty good shape for the rest of the season and any gaps in production caused by the storm will be made up for with the abundance of the fall harvest.
This week we are hoping to find the time to finish harvesting onions and winter squash. Clearing out these large sections of field will allow us to seed a cover crop of rye and peas which will protect our soil over the winter and enrich it for next season’s plantings. Our goal is to cover crop as much of our fields as possible by mid October. Also on the agenda this week is thinning and weeding our final planting of fall carrots and seeding our final greens for the season! If we manage to get through these tasks I am hoping to tidy up some of our supplies left in the field from some of our summer plantings. Tomato trellising needs to start coming down and landscape fabric and stakes (used to control weeds in the driving rows) need to comp up.
Although summer is ending we are only about half way through the season. With two full months to go we still have a great diversity of veggies ahead of us. If you haven’t seen one of your favorite veggies yet there is a very good chance that it is still maturing. Brussel sprouts, cauliflower, daikon radishes, watermelon radishes, parsnips, spinach and many more are still on their way.
Whats new this week: Kale, yellow onions, shallots, garlic, delicata winter squash
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