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July Garden Report

July 13, 2013

I’m behind on my weeding as usual, but the gardens are growing despite neglect in the weeding department.  When it’s time to put hay up, you put hay up.  The weeds can wait, just like book work, they’ll still be there once we get done with the hay.  Due to the shape of the gardens it’s hard to get a photo of either in their entirety, but I think you’ll get the idea of weeds and what-not from these photos.  I’ll start with the greenhouses.

Greenhouse 1

Greenhouse 1

Lots of tomatoes have set on but we are getting only Jasper, Juliet and SunSugar to eat.  The peppers are going crazy as well, with enough Padron to fry up for lunch each day, and ample green peppers for fajitas.

Greenhouse 2

Greenhouse 2

Since we are a one tractor farm,  I had to fit in cover crop tilling before we started haying.  The buckwheat was just at the perfect stage for turning under.  Fall and winter crops will be planted in this greenhouse as soon as I get a break in hay hauling.

Main garden - south end

Main garden – south end

There is everything from soup to nuts planted in this garden, some gets irrigation and some doesn’t.  My garlic will have to be liberated soon from this mess here on the left.  We ate scapes until we were blue in the face, and froze the rest for tomato preserving season.  This garden is in serious need of weeding, but this garden is so old that the weeds are a dream to pull, what we call recreational weeding.  The other newer garden is well, uh, let’s just say a work in progress, not recreational weeding material.

Moving on in photos to the Work-In-Progress garden, er, I mean the Staple Garden.  These are all our dryland crops which will plug away without water and do just fine without irrigation.

Sweet corn

Sweet corn

Winter squash and dry beans

Winter squash and dry beans

Kitchen sink insectary row

Kitchen sink insectary row

Daikon - under the floating row cover of course.

Daikon – from under the floating row cover of course.

potatoes, house cow carrots and parsnips

potatoes, house cow carrots and parsnips

Parsnip seed

Parsnip seed

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So, that is the state of the gardens this fine, done hay mowing, 13th of July.  You know, you have to make hay when the moon is right, and it is right.  Now off to milk that Jane :)

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  1. July 13, 2013 5:51 pm

    and you have time to take photos for us! Thank you! I hope you realize how inspiring this all is and how much I can learn from you.

    • July 13, 2013 6:47 pm

      Well, actually I take the photos anyway for the farm’s second century documentation, and my kid takes lots of photos too so it’s pretty easy to throw a blog post together :)

  2. epeavey1 permalink
    July 14, 2013 3:05 am

    Your garden really looks good, because of all the rain we have had here in N.E. Georgia our garden is failing. The tomatoes cling to life just waiting for the sun to return the same for the peppers, we lost the melons and squash. Next year will be a better year, I still love working in the garden. Ellen from Georgia

    • July 14, 2013 5:34 am

      Ellen, that’s the weather we had the last few years, sure makes it hard to garden :( This year we are drier than usual which is a great help on some crops for us. I love the garden too, no matter what the weather deals us, gardening a pretty rejuvenating pastime :)

  3. Beth in Ky permalink
    July 14, 2013 5:01 am

    Looking good, that’s a lot to take care of! After you harvest corn do you cut the stalks while green or dry for fodder? How do you keep Janey girl out of the gardens? Electric fence? Beth in Ky.

    • July 14, 2013 5:37 am

      Beth, I usually cut the stalks green and give the beefers a treat. Jane gets enough treats, so she has to share. Jane is verrrry respectful of electric fence, even when it isn’t on. But she rotates through the orchard etc, so she isn’t right at the garden edge too long or too often, so it’s pretty safe. As long as I remember to turn the fence on >:-P

  4. July 14, 2013 5:37 am

    “You know, you have to make hay when the moon is right, and it is right.” Between new moon and first quarter? Or are you talking declination – the sidereal rhythm? So aim to cut when the sap is high? Care to expand on why the moon is right?

    • July 14, 2013 6:22 am

      Carrie, normally between first quarter and the full moon we get dry weather, not always but usually during the summer. The dry weather is the most important thing for us to be able to cure the hay properly. So while we have already cut hay before the optimum time we save the best field for that time. As for the sap, that fluctuates each day so we time cutting to match the rise of the sap in the grass. All that being said, we have made hay at less optimum times too, and it turns out okay, but we always try to have more than okay hay for the cows winter feed.

  5. July 14, 2013 7:33 am

    they start baling my hay tomorrow and my weeds would probably match yours : ) Green beans coming in, beets need picking LOL ! Summertime fun….

  6. July 18, 2013 11:21 am

    How do you tell when the sap is high in the grass?

    • July 18, 2013 2:13 pm

      If the dew is gone and sun is shining the sugars are in the grass stems, by evening the sugars have moved back down to the roots of the plant. Moving the cows in the afternoon too gives them a higher Brix forage to graze on.

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