Monday, June 16, 2008

Well, it's market time again so I've put up a few pictures of our first market(which was may 30th). We've had 3 markets so far this year with spinach, radishes and pac choi at each one, along with some lettuce mix for our most recent market. So far we've pretty much sold out at each market and have picked up a lot of names for our next year's CSA waiting list.







Work on the farm has been busy. All our warm weather transplants; tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, melons, cukes, winter squash and zucchini's, were set out over the last couple weeks and we seeded many more. So far most of our crops our doing well, although we've had a few big setbacks as well. Some of our early crops have actually come in earlier than we would have liked and some other crops haven't come at all. Our CSA doesn't start until July (meaning our members don't pick up any veggies till July) but both our peas and broccoli are looking like they'll be ready in the next couple weeks. This is quite good in the long term, as we'll probably be able to start our CSA earlier, but for now it leaves us in a bit of a quandary.

Also, we've had some issues with seedlings of various crops getting munched away by unknown culprits, the main suspects being hares, voles and cutworms. The hares tend to nibble away our greens and the voles get some pepper and melon seedlings but we the main damage has been caused by cutworms(http://www.acornorganic.org/cgi-bin/organopedia/insectdisplay?351) or some other insect eating all our lettuce. So far several lettuce plantings have seemingly disappeared while the lettuce is very very small, only a 1/4" or less in size.

Other than the lettuce losses things are really going quite well, our goal of getting crops as early as we can is going splendidly. We'll probably be getting peas, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, beets and tomatoes several weeks to a month earlier than we had them last year. Also, our transplants this year have looked so much better than the past two years its remarkable. I suppose they get a wee bit more light than they did when they were in our living room :)(check out the April 4th post for a few pics of the greenhouse).


I hope all your gardens are growing well, and for those without time for a garden, plant asparagus ;)

mike

1 Comments:

At 6/16/2008 04:33:00 p.m., Anonymous Aaron said...

You three are stars. I love how the background of the market pictures is cars - except behind your booth where there are bikes. An inspiration to us all!!!

 

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