It’s been a week without rain – or not much anyway – and it’s given us a chance to catch-up just a little. We’re not there yet, but we’re getting closer. The dry spell opened the door for making hay. We were able to get hay down and then up and then back down again. In other words, we mowed a batch of grass, baled it, and then mulched with it. Actually it was mostly your fellow members that did the mulching. Part of last Saturday’s crew headed out to the melon patch and about thirty-five bales later the melons were all tucked in. The cutting flower bed and cherry tomato patch got the same treatment. They look lovely! About one hundred bales are stacked on the hay rack and over next couple of weeks, we (or maybe members) will spread it on the leeks, zucchini and fall brassicas. That hay gives us erosion control, weed suppression, and soil building all in one! Another group on Saturday hit the garlic patch and harvested all the scapes giving the garlic a chance to put all its energy into the ever important bulb. We’re planning to harvest some for this week’s bag. It’s early for us to begin harvesting garlic but we’ve got plenty and it’s beautiful so why not? Of course another part of Saturday’s crew gathered in the packing area to clean and bunch and bag. With many hands and cooperative weather, we were able to get a lot done!
We’ve been looking at a trailer full of plants waiting to get in the ground and we were finally able to clear the rack this week. Cauliflower, collards, kohlrabi, melons, zucchini and a final batch of winter squash were transplanted at last. And the empty rack? We immediately filled it with fall broccoli and kale and basil and beets! Carrots and beans, dill, cilantro and arugula have been seeded, potatoes hilled, a bit of cultivation and hand weeding tended to. Now the rain can come!
In Your Bag:
Garlic AND Garlic Scapes
Broccoli OR Zucchini/Summer squash
Sugar snap peas
Coming Soon…. Look for a cabbage next week and some fennel. We should also have broccoli and zucchini/summer squash for all. Carrots soon!
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Next Week’s Harvesters
Tuesday, July 3 – Nicole Henry, Veeder-Loosen Family, Hall Family, Carla Urban, Fowler-Black Family
Saturday, July 7 – Peggy & Jon Abram, Erica Perl & George Socha, Kathleen Weflan & Lou Ferreri, Lee Pfannmuller & Gary Seim, Kate Abram and Erik Sorensen