Week 5: Solstice

cowriverThis week in the pack we hope to have salad mix, green onions, beets, kale or chard, herbs (cilantro, dill, or basil), lettuce, 2 quarts of strawberries, and one of either carrots, spinach, or gai lon.

This week on the farm we finished up a number of important infrastructure projects, including the installation of Xplornet internet service which is working very well so far.  What a relief!  This should make communication issues much smoother.  We also got Jeff Hart to fix the leaking irrigation pond.  Jeff was impressed with the flow of water from springs as he created the spillway.  Having a reliable source of water is critical for farming and a real blessing.  We’re all super grateful.  I immediately went out and planted clover seed all over the exposed bank.  And then it rained.  Yay!

Building the pond overflow spillway

Building the pond overflow spillway

 

Jeff also took care of the foundation of the old house that burned down.  Goodbye old house!

oldhouseWe had a planting party this morning when Marshall’s friends came by.  They planted sweet potatoes in the fox field where we set up a bit of a comparison between two varieties (Beauregard and Covington), and between different planting methods.  We compared ‘slips’ with propagated seedlings from saved potatoes.  It was fun to have so much help.  Thanks to Logan, Kate, Cheryl, and Marshall!!  What a great way to celebrate summer solstice!

Planting sweet potatoes in biotello between rows of cover crops.

Planting sweet potatoes in biotello between rows of cover crops.

Logan planting slips

Logan planting slips

Here are a few more photos from this past week:

The solar-powered lawnmowers are getting fat and happy

The solar-powered lawnmowers are getting fat and happy

Kitchen scrap-converting machines seem happy too

Kitchen scrap-converting machines seem happy too

Filling up Gertie the truck

Filling up Gertie the truck

Confession: I killed the little colorado potato beetles-to-be.

Confession: I schmooshed the little colorado potato beetles-to-be even though the eggs are pretty.

Lunch time!

Lunch time! Including sungold tomato salsa made last summer, and frozen blueberries from last summer.

bellaromaDon’t forget to check out the recipe page.  Thanks to all who have been contributing.  See you all soon!

 

 

5 thoughts on “Week 5: Solstice

  1. I hope you were pulling the slips off of those sweet potatoes in the photo and planting them; not planting the whole potato!

  2. That’s good, otherwise you wouldn’t get any potatoes! In the sweet potato world, pulling them off of the potato like that would be called “pulls”, where “slips” are cut sections of vine which are then rooted, either in water or soil trays like I do it… Over the years I’ve had better success with Covington for yield and shape. Georgia Jet is still the clear champion though.

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