Greetings. I walked the ranch yesterday. And I saw some shocking things and some things that were very pleasing. The second summer garden “down by the bees” is starting to really look healthy. If all goes well, and we make it through October “frost free”, there should be tomatoes, peppers, squash, cucumbers and such for months to come. The south garden should have been producing in full force right now but it is not. For reasons unknown, the summer vegetables planted there have just limped along ever since they were planted three months ago.
The main issue appearing to be a nitrogen deficiency. But only a soil test will tell. Looks like we will be postponing our new CSA member push until we get that garden amended and back into production.
The Avocados are looking good. Mexicola Grande, Fuerte, Zutano and some real large Bacons.
The North Garden is spent and ready to be tilled and planted with fall crops. The spent crops are laden with a flea beetle that loves Brassicas. Brassica is a family that includes plants such as Broccoli, Kale , Mustard greens, Cabbage and Cauliflower. Every year these little guys who’s scientific name is P. Cruciferae end up munching on young Brassica leaves in early spring. They generally retreat to the fields in late summer and stay there until spring. They are still in the garden in gross numbers. I talked to a few other farmers about my situation and it turns that I am not the only one and we are all in the same boat. The plan is to wait it out. I can still till and add compost and castings. That particular garden could use a little rest anyway.
It seems to be the nature of farming that rarely does a farmer walk the farm and see nothing but perfection. Actually, I am sure I never have. The honest truth is that I walk the ranch every single day. Every day has been different. Every day while surveying the land, my heart holds at least two strong emotions. Usually it is a feeling of horror and impending doom along with a sense of oneness and awe at the forces of nature and limitless inspiration. It is a feeling of being alive.
I am eternally grateful to all of our loyal customers, friends neighbors and local businesses who support our farming endeavors so that I can continue doing what I enjoy beyond words.
Here is what is in the box:
broccoli young and sweet
salsa made by Yumi
poblano ancho peppers great for scrambled eggs and salsa