Monday, June 11, 2007

Farm Update

Here is an example of summer's power to show dramatic results in only a month. The first picture is of the corn we hoed a month ago, on May 9th. The next picture is that same area, with the squash, now ready to harvest, next to the corn, as it looked yesterday.

Tomatoes grown in plastic. This is hand layed so that it can be recycled for another season. If you use a tractor to lay it it can't be recycled (and is much more expensive). This method of mulching with plastic was arrived at after lots of weed and disease issues came up the last few years. He hadn't had issues the first years he was growing them with more natural mulch. Maybe it's a question of how many he's planting now and how long he's used the soil, despite rotating crops and adding nutrients. He did produce a lot of tomatoes, always, but had to put too much labor into them. Lots of our other tomatoes are ready to be harvested this week. I'll take their portrait soon.
Pattypan, Zucchini and Yellow Squash.
We've (ahem, I mean they've - I have not been able to contribute much lately) been harvesting these Filet Beans for a few weeks.
Assorted lettuces for spring mix
The ever popular Arugula



julie said...

hi Madeline!

How wonderful to meet another homesteading unschooler! And with Red hair and a son named Jesse and bees to boot. Wow.
So glad you enjoy my blog and are finding some new music on it; I am always changing it so keep your ears open. :-)

julie said...

P.S. that was me (above)

diana-still-evolving said...

Tag - You're it! 8 things meme

Danielle said...

Oh, my! (droool, drip, drip) Wow, couldn't ask for more than that, could I? Well, yes I could—I wanna see it in person! Can't wait to come visit!

The magnitude and scale you guys are on is dumbfounding to me. I just can't even fathom it. Kudos to you all!