It’s been another great week at Nitty Gritty Dirt Farm. With cooler temperatures this week, it has been a joy to be farmers – even when the work is weeding, weeding, weeding! With last week’s heat, all those heat loving crops like tomatoes, melons and peppers and squash have taken a leap in growth and production. The zucchini that weren’t quite ready for harvest last week have exploded in size. There are a few caveman size clubs among the harvest as well as a few curved ones that could double for phones as Birgit demonstrated from the field. This would be a good week to mix up a few loaves of Zucchini bread.
Our laying hens and pigs have been delighting in the loads of weeds being dumped in their pens for them to scratch and dig through and eat and eventually compost. Those baby pigs we started with just a few weeks ago are getting bigger and bigger – definitely over 100 pounds each. Just a reminder – we do still have a few pork shares available. And the baby broiler chicks that arrived last week are already growing feathers and turning from cute fuzzy chicks into something that looks like they will be dinner someday. It is always amazing how fast everything from cabbage to chicks grows at the farm. Reminder – we also have broiler chicken shares available.
We attempt to keep weed growth in check here at the farm in a variety of ways – using hay mulch between rows, planting in plastic mulch, hoeing, tilling, hand-weeding – and mowing. This week, we’ve been catching up with the explosion in weed growth by mowing and mowing and mowing between veggie rows. It is hard work but extremely gratifying to see the rows of healthy tomatoes, basil and cabbage set off against the neatly mowed rows between them. We have also been doing some roto-tilling between rows of corn and beans. This is our least favorite technique as it pulverizes the soil and causes the organic matter to break down faster, but this year with all the rain and heat, we’ve resorted to tilling just to keep up. It is back-breaking jarring work, but the corn and beans look relieved to have the weed pressure removed.
|Harvesting New Potatoes|
|One for shares, one for lunch, one for shares, one for lunch...|
As I write, I’m looking out the front door of our house. The old rows of lettuce and greens are no more, most of their field area tilled. I’m imagining what that section of the field will look like in just a few weeks after we finish tilling, composting and replanting it to a variety of flowers – marigolds, cleome, celosia, asters, Echinacea….. The evolution of the farm is amazing and wonderful………
Until next week……….
What's In Your Share This Week
Snap Peas - Cascadia
Cilantro - Santo
Zucchini - Cash Flow, Slick Pick, Lita,
Cavelli, Sunburst, President
Radish - Rover
Bok Choi - Joi Choi
Onions - Walla Walla
Kohlrabi - Winner, Kolibri
Potatoes - Red Norland
Basil - Thai