Wednesday, July 18, 2007

This Saturday I went to market for the first time this year, in Beaver with mom and Sue. We were busy so I had to relearn adding very quickly. I forgot the camera to take pictures, but here's a list of what was there. Two tables and the benches were filled:
  • hot banana and jalapeƱo peppers
  • slicing cucumbers
  • little trays of pickling cucumbers
  • zucchini, yellow zucchini, yellow squash, and round zucchini
  • basil and sage
  • romaine, batavian, and redleaf lettuce
  • Napa (Chinese) cabbage
  • sweet bell peppers
  • NO corn (dad said it wasn't good enough)
This weekend we dug the garlic, though there has been so much rain recently that we didn't have to dig. We just pulled it up. Besides harvesting crops, mom and dad are still planting. Lettuce is continually being replanted in the places where heads were cut. Dad has been planting corn and a few beans from time to time to keep the supply going through the summer. In the evenings they've been getting the wagon shed sorted out for opening our stand at the farm on Friday. We've gotten about an inch more since the six inches a week and a half ago, but Dad still is running irrigation to keep it growing well, sometimes with fertilizer. The pumpkins have taken off. They make a noticeable stripe of green now, when before they could barely be seen.
Here's a picture of a cool phenomenon that happened after we got that heavy rain. Wherever there was a tiny rock or stick on top of the soil a mesa formed when dirt around the spot was washed away. It looked like a miniature desert landscape.