This week your share will include:
- Chinese Cabbage
- Salad Mix
- Pac Choi
We've already had a heck of a time with bugs this year. This batch of salad was a real challenge to get for your shares this week. Darn bugs! Shain is on the ATTACK, Organic Attack that is. He is spraying kale, Swiss chard, Nappa Cabbage and Japanese Turnips with something called Insecticidal Soap. It is a soap-like liquid composed of fatty acid salts and is safe for birds, bees, animals and people. Not safe for bugs. Darn bugs!
As a reminder, we wash all our greens twice before bagging them up for your shares or for sale. I've never noticed any soap residue on the greens after they go through our washing process. Shain would never spray anything on any of our crops if he had any concerns about it being safe for animal or human consumption. You can read more about our commitment to safe farming practices by clicking on the Farmer's Pledge Logo on the left side of this website.
Last week we transplanted two more rows of basil out into greenhouse #2. Basil likes the heat but it doesn't necessarily like the sun. In fact, the basil we grow tends to get "sunburned". In full sun the leaves get spotted, brown and thick. My thought is this must be due to our higher elevation. In an effort to prevent this problem, we hoop and cover the rows of basil with shade cloth. This blocks out just enough of the damaging sun rays and and still lets the basil leaves grown big and beautiful.
Here's the garlic. It is growing very well and is nearly at full height. My garlic supply from last year has finally shriveled up, so I'm really looking forward to the garlic.
This picture was taken from down the middle of greenhouse #4, the tomato greenhouse. The plants on the right were transplanted around the first of April. They are now almost 2 feet high and are already blossoming (see the yellow specks?). It was a lot of work pulling these plants through the freezing temperatures. We lost about 20% of the plants by pushing the limits this way. But just look at those plants now. (How quickly I forget what a pain it was babying them in April. I really like tomatoes.)
The tomato plants on the left were transplanted around May 5th. They are a different variety, indeterminates, which will grow very tall. They get the new taller tomato cages. These new cages we got this year are awesome. I'm excited to see how they help us get a higher crop yield. (We'll have to sell a lot of tomatoes to pay for them, but that's the nature of farming.)
Why not start all the tomatoes in April? (I just know someone is asking that question.) Shain staggers the plantings of the tomatoes so they don't all come on at once, and so our tomato season is spread out more. You will thank him later. I will too.
Here are the peas. They are about 6 inches tall now. Not sure which type these are, we'll have snow peas, shell peas and snap peas. They are planted in wide rows this year, not with the barley or oat trellis method we used in years past).
Have a great week and Enjoy! Tara :)