August 3: week 18

Farm-fresh veggies for sale!

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After months of planning and hard work we are ready for market. The following varieties are ripe and ready for delivery: cherry “sweetie” tomatoes, zucchini, cucumber, eggplant, and beets. At the end of August we will have fresh corn. All our vegetables are pesticide and herbicide-free, grown locally with love from organic/non-GMO seeds 🙂

July 27: week 17

As we approach August, the garden is in full bloom. Everything is alive. Here you see the three sisters garden flourishing with her corn, beans, and squash (and nisturtiums too)

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Row upon row of root veggies enjoying the full sun and occaisional rain (we did not have to water once during the month of July!)

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Hey onions, how about a close up?

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July 20: week 16

Tomatoes everywhere!

We are anticipating a bounty of tomatoes this year… for sale by the crate:

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Here’s Van, trying to catch up with tomato branches that flew the coop. So far our best trellis idea (for cherry tomatoes) is the design we have in the greenhouse: a triangle prism of thin pallets with stakes at either end and twine ladders throughout:

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July 6: week 14

Garden weed pie!

Inspired by the Greek pastry spanikopita, here at the farm we experimented with lamb’s quarters and nettle (cornicopious weeds) to make a tasty treat. Here is Nancy layering out the filling mixed with feta cheese onto philo pastry:

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June 29: week 13

Corn by the rows..

We started out with what we thought might be a revolutionary new way of planting corn: a four-wheeler with one passenger scraping furrows with a garden hoe and another casting seeds into the furrow. It lasted about 2 minutes until the process came to a grinding halt in boisterous discussion resulting in a new setup…

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After several adjustments not without heated exchange (the seated-seeder position was terminated despite protest), the four-wheeling furrowing team continued on while the seeder was given marching orders…

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The results were no less impressive with two plots of corn seeded in one afternoon thanks to some great team work!

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June 22: week 12

Today we explored Hugelkultur with friend Nikolaos. For the uninitiated, hugelkultur is basically just a pile of rotting logs under a layer of compost, manure, and soil. This old German farming technique has a range of benefits including water retention and fertilization. Here is some light reading on the subject:

http://www.richsoil.com/hugelkultur/

And here below are some snaps from our day spent along the edge of our garden where food meets forest…

Preparing the pit:

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Loading dead logs, branches and then twigs into the pit:

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More branches and twigs:

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Behold a marvellous mound!

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… to be covered with compost, manure, and finally a layer soil before planting:

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