July Garden Report
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.
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.
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.
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.