We have gone through great lengths this year to put in and experiment with raised beds. Although raised beds are typically used for poor soil condition, we are using them for much different reasons. We are lucky enough to have some of the most fertile soil around which brings out the best in our vegetables and fruit. What we want more control over are the gophers and weeds.
Because we are small time farmers and full time walnut farmers, it is hard to keep the garden in check. For this reason we are doing raised beds as well as in ground vine plants. So far we have been able to reap the benefits of low weeds and no gopher problems in our beds. Of course, the gophers have been enjoying our melon plants one by one.
We have already started harvesting summer squash, spinach, lettuce, swiss chard and even some beets! The peppers, as always, are beautiful and amazing and plentiful. Are you in need of some peppers?
We have also harvested our first tomatoes (early girls). Next up...cucumbers, yellow wax beans, eggplant, and melons (what the gophers don't get). I will let you know how that pans out. If you are interested in harvest share, or purchasing some veggies or fruit, drop us a line.
Fruits in season right now, mmm mmm apricots and peaches!