Archive for May, 2015

Going, Going, Gone!

 Farm Journal – Week of

24th May to 30th May 2015

 

Since our fig tree died back again this spring we decided to remove it. Its removal will make more room for my container garden.

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After cutting down the dead limbs David tried to dig up the roots.

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What he could not dig up we covered with a thick rubber mat to discourage new growth.

 

The peas, having reached the end of their production cycle, were removed as well and the ground was prepared for tomato plants.53015_fj_peas3

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We also went to Catawba this week

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We put in our potatoes about 3 weeks ago.

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Wednesday we cut grass, checked potato plants for bugs, planted black-eye pea plants and seeded corn.

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Grandin Village Community Market

 Today – Saturday – 8 am until 12 noon

Remember, management will not open the market until 8 am.

What is growing?52915_market_beans

Depending on the whims of Nature and the tenacity of our resident deer and groundhog populations these beans might make an appearance at the Grandin market next week.

 

Homegrown Produce  

  • greens – Kale (black,Blue Scotch, Siberian and Scarlet), Rat Tail Radish and garlic scapes
  • legumes –  snow peas and Purple Podded Heirloom English peas
  • root crops –   green onions
  • fresh herbs – none
  • plants – last market for heirloom, open pollinated and hybrids tomato plants –  singles and 4 pack

 

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What are These?

52615_fj_nodulesnodules of symbiotic nitrogen-fixing bacteria on pea plant roots

West End Community Market

 Today –Tuesday – 3 pm until 6 pm

Remember, management will not open the market until 3:00 pm.

What is coming to market?52615_market_peas2Purple Podded Heirloom Peas

Homegrown Produce 

  • greens – kale – Blue Scotch and Black, Collards and Rat Tail Radish 
  • root crops –  green onions 
  • legumes –  snow peas and last of the shelled English peas but first of the Purple Podded Heirloom peas 
  • fresh herbs  Large Leaf Basil and Dill
  • plants – last week for tomato plants singles and in 4 packs, a few hot pepper plants and cucumbers in  4 packs 

 

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West End Community Market

Don’t forget!

 Tomorrow –Tuesday – 3 pm until 6 pm

Remember, management will not open the market until 3:00 pm.

We will harvest tomorrow morning before market.

Check back tomorrow for the list of the fresh homegrown produce we will be bring.

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Hugelkultur Bed Update

 Farm Journal – Week of

17th May to 23rd May 2015

We started our Hugelkultur  bed in 2013 by layering cardboard, logs, leaves and dirt. Last year the logs had worked their way closer to the surface and the bed produces an abundance of different kinds of mushrooms along with the hot pepper plants I had planted there. I planted them in-between the emerging logs and they grew well.

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This week David topped the bed with compost and we planted cucumbers there. As the logs decompose the bed should become very fertile. That is the theory.

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52415_fj_stakeingThe rest of the week we set out more plants; David did a lot of hoeing, weeding, staking tomatoes and other garden maintenance.

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We put in a few Compari-type tomato plants, this season, to see how they perform.

 

Grandin Village Community Market

 Today – Saturday – 8 am until 12 noon

Remember, management will not open the market until 8 am.

What is growing?52215_market_blueBlueberies

Homegrown Produce  

  • greens – Kale (black,Blue Scotch, and Scarlet), peas (shelled English and snow) and Rat Tail Radish
  • root crops –   radishes and green onions
  • fresh herbs – none
  • plants – heirloom, open pollinated and hybrids tomato plants –  singles and 4 packs – also 4 packs of cucumbers and squash plants

 

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