Saturday, June 30, 2007
Last weekend we did get the hay in, in spite of the rain. This past week we planted flowers in some of the rows below the house: zinnias, marigolds, alyssum, and sunflowers. The top rows are dedicated to herbs. One row is basil, and when the sprouts are big enough we will add dill, cilantro, parsley, and more basil.This morning Dad is plowing the strip below the cabbage while mom is at market. It's another beautiful day, with clear skies. There were some fierce storms that went through the area this week, but we didn't get much rain from it, and fortunately, no hail or damaging winds either. The fields are pretty dry; dad is running the irrigation to keep everything growing well.
Friday, June 22, 2007
Last week Dad, Sue, Anthony, and another couple neighbor boys hammered stakes in for trellising the tomatoes. Mom, Dad and Sue put string on them. When we got some rain storms with heavy winds, this prevented them from being blown around too much. As the plants grow, we'll add more string to keep the branches lifted up and out of the rows.Here are two more pictures of the plants. The peppers are really getting leafy and the cucumber plants are starting to get blossoms.
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Thursday, June 7, 2007
In other greenhouse news, a few seeds are in there again. For about a week it was empty because it was so hot, and because the plants were big enough to harden up outside. Yesterday dad planted the fall cabbage and other cole crops, while mom planted pumpkins, winter squash, and gourds in peat pots. It still looks barren compared to earlier in spring.This evening mom and dad were planting zucchini, summer squash, pickles, cucumbers, some melons, and a few of the shorter-season winter squash (like acorn). When I got home I helped by dropping plants and marking varieties while mom set the plants and dad drove the tractor. Included in this planting are several varieties that Jamie is observing. Right now you can barely see the plants in the plastic, but soon you will barely be able to see the plastic.
Crops planted in the field are all doing well, particularly after all the rain we've gotten recently. The tallest parts of the first planting of corn are knee-high already (on my legs at least). The first planting of lettuces is growing so well that mom will probably take some to market this week, along with pak choi, a.k.a. bok choy, which is definitely ready for harvest. The garlic has completely recovered from the frost damage in early spring. Mom cut off the scapes (seed heads) and scattered them around the pepper patch to repel deer (she hopes). It will be another month or so before the garlic is ready to be dug.-Katie