Saturday, May 16, 2009

Photo Update

I was out for another brief visit to the farm and greenhouse today. I did a little weeding - bind weed (morning glory), grass, and thistle seem to be our primary weeds right now. These are all classic weeds for ground coming out of neglected pasture. They're also slightly more difficult to deal with than annual weeds but with time and repeated working of the beds they go away. I also weeded the peppers and tomatoes in the greenhouse since we planted them into compost that had lots of weed seed in it. Those are ready to go in the ground as soon as we can get it prepped.


Here's that photo of the unhappy arugula. I'm not really sure what happened here. We have two plantings and they both look the same, unhappy in the middle and good on the edges. Another site I'm working on has the same problem and I'm guessing it's temperature swing related - reports are that friends who covered their plantings with floating row cover haven't had the same issue.


It's a little hard to see in this photo, but the peas look great right now. These are bush shelling peas. They'll grow up in a big mass and set peas all at once, more or less. There's lettuce off on the side there which we'll probably be giving out in the next week or two.


We'll probably be giving out thinnings from the broccoli raab, and then the raab itself when it's a little bigger.


The radishes are also ready to go. We planted them with last Thursday as the harvest date. These were the only thing that was actually "on schedule" so we'll start harvesting this coming week and hope that they'll hold. Radishes grow fast so we might loose a few in this hot weather, but we'll just have to wait and see.

As it stands it looks like we're still shooting for this Thursday to be the first harvest. In classic CSA style, the first harvest will likely be one of the smallest with things slowly ramping up over the season. The point of this CSA is small shares, which we're still trying to get our heads around after growing large shares at other CSA's for many years. In fact, I've never actually seen, or heard of, a CSA this small so it's a bit of an experiment for us and we're hoping you'll all like it, we're excited to be doing it.

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