Sunday, August 30, 2015

A little photo recap of this season

Although its been unusually quiet in this space this summer (did you believe that even possible of your generally blabby, babbling farmer?!), many things have been happening in the field over these last months.  On the eve of September, and our return to our beloved csa pick-ups and market, thought a few pictures of the vegetables' progress in the garden since April might be a nice thing to share!  It's not the most comprehensive pictorial archive, and we need to remember to take some updated photos soon, especially of the later planted sections, but it's a little view into this little farm.  Getting so excited to see all you friends very soon.  Like, some of you in a week soon!  I don't even know how sleep is going to happen till then.  Or how to keep the vegetables from rioting with happiness to be going home with you over the next weeks and months.  We'll just have to do our best to focus on our tasks at hand.  Wish us luck - we'll likely need it!  

May 8 - potatoes gettin' planted.  All 3300 row feet of them out and hilled over two very nice sunny days.

June 9 - having (thankfully) just missed May's late hard frost, the spuds have popped up nicely.

June 9 - grateful for the first of June's rains after a rather droughty May, the leek and onion transplants finally start to look better and begin their long season of field growing.

June 9 - not much to see yet across the whole garden, except for how wet the "soggy bottom land" (very left of photo, in line with the hobbit houses) is already from June's early rains. Don't worry - we got that swampy sucker seeded down this year.

June 9 - clover pathways looking beautiful and starting to bloom for our pollinating friends.

June 30 - potatoes exploding into growth and flower after being hilled up, and receiving yet another big rain.

June 30 - a couple of summer cabbage all lovely and dewy

June 30 - the leeks (and now the weeds) attempt to take off - but June's 10 inches of rain are holding everything up a little at this point.  

July 2 - the squash and pumpkins about to burst their row cover tunnels. The farmer refused to let them out until she'd weeded the alleys with the wheel-hoe.  It's clear they're really gonna runner this season...woot woot!

July 2 - evidence of the fun-loving Kildeer family turning the garden into their own personal playground. The whole family of seven was observed on several occasions skittering over the tops of tunneled crops, picking off the small insects that seem to be attracted to the white fabric (or crops below).  Good thing they weigh next to nothing and never seemed to damage row cover, insect mesh, or the vegetables underfoot.

July 2 - in only a few days, the potato plants have grown so quickly they've lodged in many spots and "closed their canopy" over the alleys.  This bodes well for a good potato crop, but poorly for later-season weed control between the rows.  You win some, you lose some. 

July 7 - new pathway seedings have come up well, brussels sprouts and long-season cabbage are planted and tunneled (left), and things are generally looking happy out there.

July 7 - from left to right: chard/kale/cabbage, dill/beets/carrots, gladiolas, dried cranberry beans, celery; on landscape fabric: peppers and eggplant, sweet potatoes, melons (tunneled).

Jul 7 - uncovered squash looking much happier out of their tunnels, and sprayed with Kaolin clay to deter the dreaded cucumber beetles from causing them too much trouble until the plants are a little larger and can manage the stress in their life on their own with aplomb.

July 7 - trellised tomatoes in the foreground, with a view of the garden to the east.  The sweet corn is growing, making the Fairmeadow Father Farmhand very excited (planted by special request in exchange for weekly slave labour).

August 17 - trellised tomatoes in the foreground, with a view of the garden to the south-east.  The bane of this farmer's existence in August, late blight, is proving again to be a curse-worthy problem in the tomatoes, for the fourth of five years that this CSA garden has been a thing.  The chalky white and blue-green blush on the plants is residue from both the beneficial bacterial preparation and natural fungicidal spray, respectively, that have been put to use to try to suppress said blasted blight, along with diligent daily pruning.  I do not heart you, blight.  I might even have to say I hate you.  

August 17 - from right to left: swiss chard, red and golden beet bed, summer kales, september spinach, snap beans and other lovely vegetables and flowers coming along...slowly.  Where did all the rain go?

August 17 - summer viney crops vining all over each other!  From right to left: zucchini, melons, a few pampered winter squash plants (those special baby-butternuts that everyone loved last season), and sweet potatoes.  The glads have really put on a blooming show this summer, and are making a lot of bees, hummingbirds, and this farmer feel happy.  The leeks (top right) are rather happy too, and are sizing up nicely.

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