Archive for July, 2013

New plantings

Here are a few pictures of the new crops seeded and transplanted over the past few weeks:

Cucumbers

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Green Beans

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Green Onions

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Yellow Squash and Zucchini

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French Breakfast Radish

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Lettuce Mix

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Broccoli and Turnip transplants growing away

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It is so refreshing to see the garden dry, freshly tilled, and dark green foliage on the veggies!

-Bruce

Carrots and Onions!

Well, it took five plantings of carrots, but they have finally arrived!  They look and taste great!

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Our Copra onions (a yellow, long term storage variety) have also been harvested and can be seen here curing in the sun: SANYO DIGITAL CAMERA

It’s been a very busy time for us as the ground has finally dried out and is workable.  Many of the beds have been tilled and replanted with different crops.  We have new plantings of green beans, carrots, red beets, green onions, french breakfast radishes, sugar snap peas, yellow squash, zucchini, and lettuce mix all in the ground and growing.  There are transplants of broccoli, kale, turnips, purple kohlrabi, gold beets, and cucumbers waiting to go into the garden.

We have come to accept that almost all of our tomato plants and corn are dead from the flooding we experienced in June and the first half of July.  We have a few cherry tomato plants still alive, and 3 or 4 of the slicing varieties, but we will not be able to bring any significant amount of tomatoes to market this season.

We will be at the Alta West Farmers’ Market tomorrow, July 27th.  We will have everything we had last week as well as Nelson Carrots.  (The onions will be ready next week.)  A few of our Revolution green bell peppers will make their first appearance of the season tomorrow as well, stop by early if you want any of those!

-Bruce

July 20th Farmers’ Market

The produce is looking great, even with all the recent flooding and unrelenting heat!  Along with what is pictured below we also have some baby leeks and cherry tomatoes ready.

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Cucumbers

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Green Onions

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Jalapeno Peppers

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Summer Squash

And finally, here’s the entire spread, set up at the Alta West Farmers’ Market, with our oldest son in the background:

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Thanks to everyone who came out in the rain today to support the local growers in the area!

-Bruce

The rain goes ever on and on…

The garden is still taking on water, but the extended forecast shows a respite from the rain!

For July the 13th Farmers’ Market,  we will have green beans, jalapeno peppers, yellow squash, lettuce mix, green onions, and a few cucumbers.

-Bruce

Flooded

It is hard to manage a market garden when the soil is under standing water.  The continuous rain over the past two weeks has prevented any direct seeding and soil working in the garden.  Crops that should have been ready for market are either dead, or severely set back.  In 8 years of gardening on this land, the drainage problem had not been an issue.  The rain just kept coming without any sunny days in between to help dry out the soil.

Moving forward, we will begin installing drainage systems into the garden to move the water away from the crops that we are cultivating.  If that does not work, maybe there is a market for locally grown rice?  😛

This weather has definately been frustrating, wiping away countless days of hard work and preparation, but we have not lost our vision and desire to provide fresh produce to local customers.  We will continue on as best as we can until the dry season arrives!

Despite the soggy soil, we will be at market on July 06.  We will have green onions, lettuce mix, yellow squash, and zucchini.

So, after all the negative stuff, lets see what is growing and looking good:

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The cucumber plants have not been set back by the rain!

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It won’t be long until these cherry tomatoes are red and delicious!

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Few things say “summer” quite like sweet corn…

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Flavorburst bell pepper!

It’s easy to focus on what has gone wrong so far with the growing season, but, I think I’ll focus on these four pictures and think of the  drier, sunnier days that will be coming in the months ahead!

-Bruce