Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Farm Week # 2 - June 6, 2016

Pyrethrum - (in bloom now)

June 6, 2016

Hi Folks!

The first farm share went very well and it was great to see friends and meet our new farm members.  Let's do it again!  

This week we have continued to set out many seedlings and care for all the little growing things around here.  Robin has mulched more than half the garden and that is terrific for the plants and the soil and the people who do the weeding at the farm.  Next to be planted are beets and fall brassicas.  (cabbage, cauliflower, storage kohlrabi, etc.)   Peas are blooming, there are tiny kohlrabis and a few tiny green tomatoes...

There are small cucumbers on the vines; it's possible that a few will be ready this week!  There will be some broccoli!  Also some bok choy!  Initially we thought the bok choy might be a bust because of flea beetles and a really hot spell in May that made some of it bolt.  I almost pulled it out but Rob had faith and convinced me to leave it.  He was right.  It's a bit small and does have some flea beetle damage but I know it will be yummy.

On a sadder note, a fox discovered our poultry and killed 2 full grown ducks, 2 ducklings, 1 chick, and 1 hen.  Ugh.  For the time being we are keeping the birds in close confinement while we think of something to do and while the fox finds another food source.  Most likely the fox just wants to feed its family but it's hard on us and the flock.  Both mother ducks were too large for the fox to carry off or eat on site so it was a waste.  (Except for the fact that their babies got away.)

On a brighter note, we a had a great visit from some friends from Louisiana.  It was fun to see them and share our lives with them.

Flowers are starting to bloom!

Head lettuce
Cooking greens: kale, chard, spinach
Bok choy
Turnips and radishes
Scallion garlic (young garlic plants that look like scallions and taste like garlic)
Sunflower shoots
Herbs: Sweet cicely pods, dill, peppermint
Flowers: pyrethrum, lupine, peonies?, iris, etc.
Plus whatever else we find while we're harvesting for you.

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