Well we like to start our weekly blog with a picture of a happy smiling person … so here is our Market Gardening Hero with a selection of his wonderful veggies …. Mr Eliot Coleman of Four Season’s Farm in Maine USA
However we think we can do just as well … and with a prettier model !Enter Rose with a selection of our most recent harvest !
Meanwhile back on the patch it has been a busy week planting beans, corn, peas and pumkins – and thanks again to our wonderful Interns for helping out. We took advantage of a day or two or rain to get them into the ground (ah yes ! hooray … 16.5 mm this week)
Borlotti Beans ready for planting into the mounded rows above
just how much fun can planting rows and rows of beans be ... well a whole lot if you are doing it all together ... Adam getting into the spirit of things (we think)
and the lovely Ashley hand-sowing corn ... in the traditional manner.
These are rows of corn with beans, peas and pumpkins sown to form a border and windbreak for the potatoes and borlotti beans. We had some corn left over from the pigs so I decided to put it in and see what happens. The winds can be very fierce in the OMG and I am hoping this will do something to reduce the drying effect. We'll see if the soil is good enough.
Another experiment - we have a lot of old hay which we have used to mulch the beans rows - some of them. There may be some negative effect from the funghi spores in the hay, so we have mulched 3 rows and paths, 3 rows only, and 5 small rows with no mulching to see what the effect will be.
Also in the OMG this week we have put up supporting frames for the climbing beans - very permaculture using material to hand on the farm = star-pickets, 2-inch poly-pipe, bamboo, wire and string
Olivier adding strings to the climbing bean frames
More beans being sown into the OMG - in the rain
same view the next day - in the full sun - see how dry it gets hence the our need for some mulching although this may make weeding less easy - but we'll see how things go.
and so here we are at the end of week 12 - the potato and bean patch in glorious serried rows under a full afternoon sun
The OMG at the end of Week 12 from the usual vantage point.
and finally - here is a curiosity - we have a number of these tap-rooted plants springing up but see how shallow our top soil is - this one send down a root until it hit clay causing the root to grow sideways. Hm - we some soil improved work to do...
So there we are, friends – another busy week inside and outside the OMG. And it is really looking good and we look forward to a good harvest. Between now and then I shall be like a mother hen watching and watering with increasing anxiety ! and so very grateful to all our community here for their willing help. Thank you all.
Bye for now – and have a great weekend.