2013 Archives – Aug./Sept.

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Week of September 22nd – 28th + the 29th and 30th

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We are still harvesting beans, squash, tomatoes and peas from our Catawba patch. I  started digging the new pathway through one of our raised beds. The BMSB are still with us, but their numbers are decreasing as they find shelter for the winter. David will be on medical leave on the 29th and 30th.

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Catawba – David fixing the fencing around the bean patch

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The beginnings of a new pathway, one shovel-full at a time.

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Week of September 15th – 21st

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David set out cabbage plants in the squash beds that he cleaned-up last week. I have been germinating and transplanting more of our fall crops. I also removed most of the shelving and workbenches from the greenhouse and filled it with a number of large potted eggplant and hot pepper bushes in an effort to prolong their season. We are still killing hundreds of BMSB, by hand, every day. Our Catawba bean patch is hitting its peak. We are starting our fall clean-up there.

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Fall Transplants

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Week of September 8th – 14th

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David killed a lot of BMSB this week. He crushed them with his hands or knocked them into a jar containing alcohol. Alcohol eliminates the smell. We harvested corn and tomatoes from Catawba and continued the fall clean up at our home place.

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        David cleaned up the summer squash bed and sowed it with winter rye.week_of_sep2nd_wk5

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He also harvested the Acorn squash and cleared that bed as well.

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Week of September 1st – 7th

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More weeding and stink bug control – harvested corn and tomatoes from our Catawba patch – prepared ground for redesign of growing area

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David picking and cutting down our 3rd rotation of beans

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Major Changes

Because of storm run-off, from uphill, both of our raised beds are going to be moved to the left and connected to our main growing area.

                     

 

 

David preparing beds for moving the dirt.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

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Week of August 25th – 31st  

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This week we continued our weeding and clean-up, germinated seeds for fall plants, and seeded turnips and beets directly into the ground.

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After removing the black-eye plants from one of our raised beds, David sowed seed for white turnips and beets.

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a few days later – yellow lines show where tiny beet seedlings are located

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another turnip bed that was started this week

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basil plants after being transplants from plugs

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Catawba – David preparing ground for cabbage plants

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Catawba – another view
David is at the far end tilling

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Week of August 18th – 24th

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In a normal year we usually do a major clean up of our growing area in October. This is not a normal year. Too much rain and not enough sun caused weeds to grow quickly and disease to spread even more so. This week while I weeded David continued to clean up our nine different, blight ridden, tomato patches.

We also worked our Catawba patch.

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Our strawberry patch on the 14th of July,
I managed to weed the top row before my attention was diverted elsewhere.

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By the time I got back to this patch on Thursday the weeds had gone to seed, which does not bode well for our next growing season.

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Patch after several hours of work.
Some strawberry plants died from the neglect.
Because the berries in this patch are so sour we will be moving this patch in the fall.

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These plants and fruits will be covered with black plastic in order to kill this late blight.

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David hoeing beans at Catawba

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another view of our Catawba patch

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Saturday’s market table
We had to miss one of our market this week due to lack of product. In a normal year we would have two tables this size covered with produce.

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When David is not working he is reading.

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Week of August 11th – 17th

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While I transplanted fall cabbage seedlings…

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David cleaned up our blight-ridden tomato patches

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After cutting down all the plants…

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he covered them with black plastic to kill any remaining late blite

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David sorts through Egyptian

Walking Onions bulbs to be used as green onions

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after removing corn plants
David prepares ground for fall crops

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he rakes dirt into a raised mound

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and sets out the first of our fall crops

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Week of August 4th – 10th

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After removing our second rotation of beans David prepares the soil for corn.

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David sets out corn plugs that he started about two weeks ago.

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David planted some of the corn plugs between our third rotation of bush beans.

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They’re  Back!

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These stinkbugs have 5 different stages of development. This one is what we call a junior.
Non-flying young adults or “teenagers” is their next stage before they becoming house- invading adults.

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Assault on a baby cucumber

For the past several years around the 15th of July a war begins; it’s us against the Brown Marmorated Stinkbug. Because they are not particular about their eating habits they stick their proboscis into almost everything. They are the bane of our farming existence.

This year they are late (August 3) and there are no adults in the invasion force. Perhaps our inclement weather has had an adverse effect on their reproduction cycle.  But,  there are still hundreds of soon to be adults, gang banging little demons, to be dealt with.

See David’s “The End of Organic Gardening?

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