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 !
and just for fun …
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
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.