Harvest!

Pictures from the biggest harvest yet!
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Week’s Excitements

 

Lots new and exciting happening in the garden this week. We had a stellar harvest on Sunday, and the kitchen cooked up a nice tatsoi salad and a mizuna salad to take advantage of the fresh greens. Expect another good harvest next Sunday!

Here are some pictures of what to look forward to:

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Visitation hours

I’ve decided to schedule ‘garden visitation hours’, as in times when I will be in the garden and anyone can come visit, either to help out and do some work or just to check out the garden and take a little tour of what’s growing and what exciting things are going on up there. Of course, anyone can stop by any time they like but these hours I will be around either the garden or the greenhouse so I can give tours or direct work activities. The garden visitation hours will be:

  • Wednesday 9 AM – 12 PM
  • Thursday 7 PM – 8:30 PM
  • Saturday 1 PM – 4 PM

And of course don’t forget about Sunday harvest at 10 AM

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New garden developments

 

I love this time of year… generally when I am growing plants I get so excited about watching them grow and seeing how they develop that I tend to check them at least a few times a day to see if they’ve gotten any bigger yet. For the last month, I’ve been checking a few times a day, and there has been NO difference. Apart from annoying differences like things eaten by the dreaded cutworm.

Last night I when I went to sleep there were a few scattered tomato blossoms and that was about it. This morning…there are all kinds of flowers blooming! And I swear the tomato plants grew a few inches during the night.

Check out the pictures:

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Harvest

Our 5th harvest this year was last Sunday, and man did we have volunteers! The summer-term students arrived this weekend, and already about 15 people turned up on Sunday to help out. What a great group of enthusiastic students. With all the help, and with the emergency harvest only 3 days ago, it only took about 10 minutes to harvest salad greens, pea greens, a few radishes, and kale and mizuna for a dinner soup tonight.
This week we will try to plant in most of the last succession plantings of the year, since we only have 8 more weeks of summer already! Anyone interested in helping with this week’s bed preparations and plantings, keep checking the white board at the bottom of the lunch line!

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Sun and flowers

 

The rain has finally stopped and the sun is shining and the plants are loving it! Three new plants have the first beginnings of buds which will turn into flowers which will turn into yummy things to eat! Actually one of them is a marigold, which will just stay a pretty flower and never be edible, but it is exciting still.

Summer-term students are arriving and hopefully there will be some interest in helping out with HARVEST tomorrow!

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Emergency Harvest

To quote a pretty good country song, “Rain makes corn… (leave out the innuendo middle)… rain is a good thing”. I don’t think they were singing about 3.5 inches of rain in 24 hrs.  We actually called an emergency harvest this morning to salvage the remaining lettuce and spinach so we can eat it instead of letting it rot away in all the wetness.

Two vegetable heroes woke up early and came out in the drizzle and wetness to help me harvest. At least the heavy rain held off for a few minutes while we got the stuff in.  And, on the bright side, the Brassicas (like cabbage, broccoli, kale, and kohlrabi) are loving all the rain, so we should get a great crop of those! For now, though, please no more rain dances.

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