The storms are rumbling outside as the rain comes down gently. Bright and early this morning we raked up our very first cutting of alfalfa hay, that had been drying in the field for the last few days. Now we have a giant pile of alfalfa in our garage - it's kind of funny. We'll feed it into a baler and have a nice start at putting away hay for our pigs winter feed. We should get one or two more cuttings this year. After that we hoed until the rain mucked up the hoes. Then hand-weeded the spinach, for next weeks deliveries. Now some inside work getting ready for CSA and Farm Share deliveries next week - paperwork and final touches in the pack shed. Until then...
Here are some pictures from around the field yesterday. Thursday we had a huge workday, as we were finally able to get the tractor into the field and had the time. John ran the rotary plow by the potatoes, so we were able to finish mounding them (below). Then, he ran the tiller, shallowly, through the entire garden to give us a good jump on the weeds. So thrilled!
|Final mounding on the early potatoes; yellow onions|
to the left and zucchini to the right.
Our first year growing flint corn last year was a success, so we decided to give it a go again this year. Below you can see how our flint corn field and barley crop is gaining height. Our CSA customers will be getting freshly milled corn meal in their first boxes - it's truly delicious! We continue to experiment, as we planted extra acorn squash in the flint corn - whatever makes it is pig food for winter.
|A shot at the garden fencing - peas, beans (and cucumbers).|
|Wood trellis, the last of the fencing to go in this year. Woot!|
|Red romaine lettuce, Rouge d'Hiver.|
|Kale and radish bed. That Red Russian kale is|
doing mighty fine!
|The first planting of carrots are getting big!|
|The early cabbage bed - Early Jersey Wakefield|
and Copenhagen Market.
|Hale's Best muskmelons, and a trial of Melitopolski watermelon.|
|Everything is filling in with with height, color, shapes and smells!|
|The third planting of beets went in Thursday.|
|Amish Snap peas and Dragon's Tongue wax beans.|
|Feeding time - find your spot!|
|So much cuteness it's hard to handle!!!|