July 11, 2012

Hi everyone,

This newsletter is going out a bit late–you’ve already got your boxes–but I had some difficulty getting moving today; felt uncharacteristically “under the weather” with a queasy stomach and low grade headache, plus the feeling that everything was heavier than usual and couldn’t find enough umph to get things done. I imagine that loading some 800 bales of hay into barn on Thurs. Fri. last had something to do with it; after that I guess I pushed too hard to make up for lost time in the garden, and it was Hot.

The positive side of the tale is that there is hay; we started feeding right away because the pasture grasses have run out for the horses. Other positive is that I did get the delicata squash (winter squash) spaced out and transplanted, and they look good. I bet a good nights sleep will get me back on track soon.

These boxes are not large but the garden was generous in providing large boxes with a small bunch of early carrots, plus everyone gets baby swiss chard and spinach. For small boxes these are together in one bag. Of course there are salad greens and big boxes–you might as well enjoy lettuce while you can. These are my favorite variety, Mennonite winter head lettuce, for which I have saved seeds for over 30 years now. They are very fragile and oh so buttery.

And then there is garlic. It is just harvested and just washed and so needs to dry on your counter, out of direct sunshine. You can use it immediately or save it for winter. A bunch of green onions rounds out the large box, radishes for small. Onions really like this kind of weather and look great in the garden.

Farm news: Biodynamic inspection was on Monday and went ultra smooth. The inspector paid me a lovely compliment as we approached the garden after having examined the parched pasture areas–he said, “You can just feel the good energy here.” And yes, I think he’s right: the garden does have a lot of promise. I’ve seen the first blooms on zucchs and cukes and many things are weeded and looking good, especially basil and beets.

In the barnyard garden, peas are mulched and trellised and starting to bloom. Potatoes also have been growing well and should produce if I can keep the water going. The irrigation pond is low enough n ow that I dare not run the system without being there in case we run out of water and start sucking mud through the lines. Although everywhere else the entire water course seems to have stopped moving, somehow, there is a trickle of water still entering the pond by the garden.

My work now has turned to mulching, which I love because everything looks so neat and tidy after. First the beans, then cukes and tomatoes. For next week I have a huge task looming: trellising repair. The strings on which cukes, tomatoes and pole beans climb need to be replaced appr. every two years. That a lot of tying and knotting–it never all gets done but sure makes harvesting simpler.

That’s all for now, T

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