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Friday, May 28, 2010

The Cruelest Month

Apologies for a month of not posting! May it turns out is the cruelest month. What happens right about now is that we are in the middle of the bottleneck times, meaning a huge amount of work has to get done in a short amount of time, blogging has unfortunately fallen by the wayside.

Most of our summer crops have started going in the ground and will for the next week or so. All of our favorites: Sweet corn, Melons, Peppers, Winter Squash, Eggplant, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Tomatillo, Beans, Zucchini, Basil, and a myriad of summer flowers. Additionally, we are continuing to plant the succession crops like greens and root vegetables. Irrigation, weeding, and mowing are becoming regular chores. Apples, Pears, Peaches, Plums, Apricots, Cherries, Pluots, and Raspberries in our orchard are starting to plump up and many of them need to be thinned. It is an exciting time too as our first spring crops start to come on. We have been harvesting 20 -30 pounds/week of greens (mostly lettuce, arugula, and spinach) for the last 4 weeks. The asparagus has been especially abundant and tasty this year (almost exclusively to the enjoyment of our staff), and some early broccoli and cabbage are starting to flow from the garden. The ensuing weeks and months will see peas, more and more greens, the first of the beets and carrots, broccoli, cabbage, then garlic, raspberries, apricots, plums, more greens, more root vegetables, peaches, more raspberries, more plums, early corn, zucchini, early tomatoes, tomatoes, more beets, zucchini and more zucchini, more carrots, beans, more peaches, cucumbers, summer onions, potatoes, more corn and tomatoes and peppers and eggplant and carrots and beets and parsnips and leeks, more raspberries, apples, pears, pumpkins, kubocha, greens, greens, greens, roots.............yeah!

Focus, the task at hand, today, get the sun crops in the ground, weed, weed, weed, harvest, thin.