Week 15 in the OMG

Happy Harvesters - Nick, Erin & Michael with spring onions - lots !

This has been a week of departures and winding down for the holidays – all the Milkwood Interns left and the rest of the community leaves around this weekend.  So it we go in the spring harvest for processing over the weekend…. feast your eyes on the Milkwood OMG bounty !

Kirsten with more spring onions ...

Rose with ... more ... spring onions

Nick with a barrow-load of spring onions which we can tell you weighed in at 21.3kgs

and just in case you thought all we got was spring onions, here is the crop of Beetroot which came to 7.6kgs of roots and 9.7kgs of leaves (also good for pickling into a Beetroot Leaf Kim Chi)

Nick and Trevor with some truly immense beetroots

and just for fun …

sure beats being buried in the sand !

Meanwhile you may recall that last week we told of a tomato blight. Well … Joyce at Allsun Market Farm thought the problem might be a mineral deficiency, particularly Boron.  So we applied a solution of Boron/Calcium liquid diluted with water at 1:5 Water/Boron-Calcium.  We also sprayed a 10% solution of Bio-Fert and a separate dose of 10% Lime-Sulphur (both prepared during the Bio-Fert course).  I think we have nipped this problem in the bud – see how new flowers have appeared amongst the yellow leaves

Flowers shooting amongst the yellowed tomato leaves

We dug up one as we also feared it might be Fusarium, but the root system was strong, smelt good, and showed no sign of rotting normally with associated this fungus.

Strong, clear and clean root system on the tomato plant we pulled out

The other problem we had was the 28 Spotted Lady-Beetle which had begun to eat away at some of the Solanaceae – but maybe the cooler weather has sent them into hiding as the damage has stopped … for now.

An offending 28-Spotter... I would love to know how they found us so remote in our valley !

Meanwhile more planting continues and this week we have been putting berry fruits in the northern border. This is partly for fruit, partly for diversity along the green borders of the garden, and partly for creating a wind-break along this exposed border.

The north border plantings - rhubarb in the foreground

We also finished putting out the irrigation lines for the Potato Patch and Bean Border and around the Pumpkin Piles at the bottom of the dam wall …

An irrigated Pumpkin Pile

Irrigation lines on the Bean Border and Potato Patch

The OMG at the end of Week 15 - a truly amazing achievement !

I know I have said this in previous posts, but I feel like saying it again especially as our most excellent Interns have just left.  The progress we have made would not have been possible without the work of all our community.  So thank you (in no particular order) to : Michael (who went well beyond the call of WOOFing duties for 2 months),  Celia, Erin & Olivier (also most excellent WOOFers),  Adam, Ashley, Claire, Jurgen, Olivier and Sabina (Spring 2011 Interns), Rose (who turned our home-grown food into fantastic feasts), Trevor (who kept us in good order), Mike & Joyce (from Allsun Market Farm) who mentored us,  Wade (who sold us the potatoes and advised about their planting and care), Harris (my Food Forest Colleague) and Nick & Kirsten for having the guts and gumption to create and fund the Milkwood Organic Market Garden and employ me.  Huzzah … and Huzzah again.

Finally – and to prepare us for the Season of Peace and Good-Will … this gift of Tibetan Prayer Flags for the OMG fluttering in the breeze. Thank you Adam.



Filed under Garden Diary, Harvesting, Pest Management, Planting, Stephen Couling

4 responses to “Week 15 in the OMG

  1. Herlen Watkins

    I admire so much what you have achieved! I’ve followed it all with great interest. I’m really curious as to what you are going to do with all those spring onions. Thanks for your generosity in sharing the ups and downs.
    Helen (last summer’s PDC)

  2. That’s a fantastic bounty!! There is nothing that makes you feel as wealthy as coming back in from the garden with enough food to feed the whole neighbourhood. We’ve also had an attack of the overly spotted lady-bettle. Have you been treating them organically. We are trying the “no chemical” squash them method. Feels like a gruesome calling card for the others, but….

    • Well the 28=spotted seem to have mostly disappeared. I have some Neem to spray should we get an attack. Maybe the wet weather has chased them away. But really all my Solanacaea are doing fantastically well now. Good luck with yours….

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