Week #5 Tuesday, July 11th – Saturday, July 15, 2017
Beets – we’ve cut the tops and included them as a greens bunch only because they’re much easier to pack this way.
Please note: All vegetables from Spring Hill will need to be washed. We rinse just about everything here, but you’ll want to wash the veggies before eating them.
Extras: Look for some kohlrabi, fennel and broccoli in an extras box this week!
This Week's Recipe
Recipe Link of the Week: It’s the beginning of zucchini season! Here are some ideas to get you started.
Check out this latest video from Larry and Katy...Roasted fennel and garlic.
This really is the crazy time! The garden gets so dang demanding this time of year. Fields that were clean of weeds just days ago now beg for attention and cucumbers that seemed weeks away from harvest are suddenly ready for picking. The garlic harvest is about to begin and we still need to get some greens in the ground. Setting priorities is, I think, the hardest part of this work. Determining what can wait and what can’t is always up for discussion and our evaluation of that may change multiple times over the course of the day.
Signs of deer in the carrot beds may mean that cleaning up the beet hoop house will go on the back burner and fencing the deer out of the carrots moves to the front. Noticing the melons are about to vine out means getting them cultivated and mulched is a must do. A forecast for a string of clear days puts hay making on the docket and the tomatoes clamor for trellising almost weekly at this time of year.
Clearly harvesting is the most important task – it is why we grow the vegetables after all. It’s determining what’s next in line that gets difficult. After harvesting, planting is usually the next priority. If we don’t get stuff in the ground there won’t be stuff to harvest. We did learn that one early on! So, those two priorities – to plant and to harvest - are pretty straight forward. After that, it’s all up for discussion.
Many of the decisions are made based on knowledge and experience but some are based on the weather forecast. Rain forecasted for tomorrow might make planting or cultivating a must do and mean we can set aside setting up irrigation. Sometimes personal preference and energy level drive the decision - I know I have the oompapa to wheel hoe the beans but I just don’t have it in me to thin the parsnips. Okay, wheel hoeing the beans, it is. Parsnips will have to wait.
I will say, (knocking on wood as I say it) that the garden is producing beautifully this year for the most part. We’ve had a couple of failures, as we do every year. This year most notably our second planting of peas did not germinate well and we had to till it under. For the most part though what needs to get done is getting done and, as happens every season, the perfect garden is giving way to the good enough garden – a relief really.Next Week’s Harvesters
Tuesday, July 18th - Barry Schade, Amy Cichanowski & Marc Beitz, Melander/Ridgeway, Sandra Haff, Brian & Kathleen Devore
Saturday, July 22nd - Kathy & Mike Lauer, Rebecca Noran & Jon Dehning, Amy, Troy, Max & Brooke Sinykin, Anita Doyle and Naomi Jackson, Elaine Eschenbacher & Michael Welch