Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Busy time of year!

Well, I realized that it has been an awfully long time since there was a farm update posted on this little blog....so here it is!

August seemed to disappear very quickly, and somehow it's already the middle of September. The last month has been filled with a lot of transplanting and seeding...the outdoor salad crops (like lettuce) are on their way for the fall, and the spinach in particular is looking beautiful!

There was also a fair bit of harvesting going on, some on schedule, and some a little early due to the rather ridiculous cool, wet weather this summer. As such, the onions are curing away in the warmth and shelter of the hoophouse, and the potatoes have been dug, and as of yesterday afternoon are all tucked away in the root cellar waiting for the pick-ups to begin. Both of those crops require a major harvest effort - my sister Lindsay came to help me dig potatoes, and is my absolute farming hero....she spent two and a half days with me on hands and knees in the garden and helped me get all 85 bushels in (each bushel weighs 60 lbs!).

Regular rainy days also made it a little easier to fit in some canning and other food preserving over the last while. Although late blight wreaked havoc in the garden, the tomatoes tried hard to ripen at least some of their fruits (good job little tomatoes!), meaning I could bottle at least some tomato sauce for the winter and next year.
All of the rain also kept the weeds coming with avengeance. But doing a weeding sweep of the garden every two weeks or so gives me the chance to look at each and every plant in the garden, such as these gorgeous cabbages, which are by far some of my favourite plants to look at. They are a deep blue-green and have started forming into heads. When parts of the garden are winding down, it's always nice to see sections of the garden that are just coming into their prime.
I do enjoy tucking things in though, so to speak. Yesterday, Gena, Jasmin, Winnie and I got all of the empty ground seeded down to fall rye, to hold the soil and retain nutrients over the winter. It feels very good to know that that's done, and it will be nice not to have to keep cultivating to keep the weeds down....now it's all up to the rye, and outgrowing weeds is one of its very special talents.
All in all, this is a very busy time of year! Later this week there is a Draft Horse Workshop at Orchard Hill Farm, which I help teach. It's always a nice change of pace, but means all the garden work for this week has to be squished into three days. Hopefully, like Blaze here, I will somehow manage to squeeze in a little nap or two between tasks! Happy September everyone!

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