This month has been the first full month of full-on winter vegetable planting. It’s kind of neat to see where we were with the winter CSA last July. In some ways, we are ahead this year, and in others we are behind. We know what has to get done when, but as last year, the dearth of sign-ups, and more important – money – has been an obstacle.
Despite the heat and lack of financing, we are busy bees on the farm. We had a handful of folks keep the CSA afloat so far such that we’ve been able to purchase seeds & some irrigation parts, and to pay our bills.
Some of the garlic we harvested earlier this summer for the winter CSA. It tastes as great as it looks!
The winter squash & pumpkin field right after laying the irrigation drip lines and right before planting.
We saved a lot of onion seeds. The flower heads of old spring onions are finally drying out, and we are able to gather that seed.
We cleared out spring vegetables by hand. Then with shovel, wheelbarrow, and hoe, we top-dress the beds with compost, incorporate it into the top soil, and flatten the surface of the bed. Ready for planting!
To keep the newly planted carrot seeds moist (and to help germination), we cover the watered beds with soaking burlap. We have to make sure the beds remain moist.
Back at the squash field, this Waltham Butternut plant is growing happily.
So this is what winter vegetable growing looks like. This is what local food and eating with the seasons look like. For us to keep growing winter vegetables, we really need folks to sign up! If you have questions or concerns about joining the winter CSA, we are more than happy to talk (or email) with you.
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For some reason (perhaps because we were in a rush?), our last post did not save, so sorry we haven’t had any updates recently! We have harvested some potatoes which are in storage now. Of the ones we have planted, there are about 3/4 more to harvest; these are all by Adam’s house on Tomki Road. They look really good despite a few bites from potato beetles. Unfortunately, there isn’t much we can do about those bugs. We’ll be planting more potatoes at Heart Arrow.
I’ve also been on top of keeping the onions weeded, which keeps them happy, and the winter squash is growing fast! Also growing is the cover crop (below)
That’s Adam in the photo! The cover crop is taller in some places probably because the soil fertility is better there than elsewhere. Probably in the coming week, Jerry or Adam will till it in, then we can start adding compost. Adam has been diligently collecting horse manure from some friends in Redwood Valley (for free!) and growing a yummy pile of poop to make the vegetables happy. We are very excited to start making beds and terrace the steep slopes.
If you or anyone you know is thinking about joining our CSA, please contact or have your friend contact Adam. Seed, remay, amendments, and labor, among other inputs, need to be purchased now for us to have vegetables ready by December. The garlic we are distributing this winter was planted in October 2007. A lot of time and investment is required to produce good food; plants take time to grow. Signing up sooner is better, so don’t wait!
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Behold the beautiful garlic we have harvested! Adam planted the garlic last October at Frey Vineyards. Unfortunately, probably because it was so wet this past winter in the field they were planted, a lot of the garlic (30%?) had cloves that started to sprout. Those garlic heads will not store well, so we have less garlic to give you than what we had hoped for. However, there is a lot, and it’s quite beautiful.
Below, you can see how some of the potatoes are growing. The wildflowers attract a lot of wonderful beneficial insects.
And this is just a tiny portion of the winter squash we have planted. There is still a lot in the greenhouse! For now, Adam is planting squash between some of the brassicas he has in other beds not pictures. The squash are still small, but they will grow quickly. In the photo, to the left are a bed of carrots and a bed of peas.
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