Homecoming

 Bulb Fennel (l) and the last planting of Summer Squash (r) in the roll-killed Soybean & Millet cover.

Bulb Fennel (l) and the last planting of Summer Squash (r) in the roll-killed Soybean & Millet cover.

2017 Week 40, Summer CSA Week 18 of 26

My best farming memories are in autumn, drinking morning tea with the new morning grogginess, harvesting the winter radishes just past the early-coming dark, or feeling an odd peace settling into the light, now red, in every corner of the farm. The rush now is different, too. These last big jobs are the last big jobs, and we do not have a word big enough for that feeling of contentment. Except, maybe, autumn.

We have one good, busy month ahead of us. I will start on the sweet potatoes today -- please give them a week to cure in the greenhouse -- plant one last big batch of spinach and lettuce for the winter, make room for the fall-planted garlic, transplant the winter herbs, and harvest all the last drying tea herbs before the frost. And then the orchard finally gets some love.

If you have any extra used bags to leave for your fellow members, I am sure they would be grateful.

Also, note that some wee pumpkin gourds and corn stalks will be in the share this week.

Be well & See you on the farm,
Austin

Expected Harvest

Greens
Chard(s)
Komatsuna*

Veggies
Bean, Snap
Bean, Soy/Edamame
Eggplant
Leek, Fall
Okra
Pepper, Sweet
Squash, Summer
Tomatoes

Roots
Beets
Carrots
Onion
Potato
Turnip, Salad

Herbs
Basil, Italian -- if healthy.
Cilantro
Garlic
Pepper, Hot
Tea herb not yet chosen*

Flowers
Corn Stalks*
Pumpkin gourds*

*New This Week

 A not-so-great photo of Rotation E's Soybean & Millet roll-killed in-situ mulch, 6 weeks later. That's some wee 'North Pole' lettuce just transplanted in the right-most bed. It's working way better than I thought, so 'Yay!'

A not-so-great photo of Rotation E's Soybean & Millet roll-killed in-situ mulch, 6 weeks later. That's some wee 'North Pole' lettuce just transplanted in the right-most bed. It's working way better than I thought, so 'Yay!'