June 18, 2012
Over the last 24 hours the farm has been inundated with rain and thunderstorms. Irrigation from the sky is always my favorite form, not only because I was a passive observer but becasue the veggies always look brighter, bigger, and happier after a shower. The mid-summer storm also afforded me some time to relax and reflect, leading to time for this blog entry. Enjoy the photos and info!
The first planting of pepper plants are coming along quite nicely. Their early growth was a bit rocky but there are even little flower buds appearing. We'll soon have more tasty peppers than we know what to do with!
Swiss Chard is one of those vegetables that I really didn't think much about or know much about, for that matter, until I began to farm. I would always see these wonderfully-colored greens in the store but becasue we never bought them I never really thought of them in relation to food I could eat. Now I can't get enough of these greens. Their vibrant rainbow stems are just the thing to make any meal stand out at a potluck and with all the vitamins and minerals housed in the greens they are always a tasty and healthy option!
The chickens love napa cabbage!
hey have grown so much over the past couple of months too! The roosters now are attempting thier "rooster calls", though they mostly sound like broken car horns. They'll learn!
In the nightshade field the tomatoes are growing like crazy! They have already been trellised once and are in need of their second line. To the left of them in the photo are marigolds. I have always heard that marigolds are good to grow near tomatoes and we are using the flowers in salads at the center. They taste amazing!
All of the winter squash are in! We will be growing spagetti squash, butternut, pie pumpkins and carving pumpkins to name a few. Also the cantaloupe and watermelon are in this field. I am trying to grow a variety of water melon called Savor, which is a small musk melon. We'll see how it turns out!
Throughout the farm fields I have planted various flowers such as the zinnia's to the left. There are sunflowers and marigolds (previously mentioned) as well. They add a burst of color as well as a source of food for insects. Stop by sometime and have a look!