It has been a productive week here on the farm. We finished planting a new 1/4 acre section with endives, escaroles, radicchio, kohlrabi, cabbage, broccoli, spinach, head lettuce and more cutting lettuces. We also direct seeded more carrots, beets, arugula, radishes and turnips.
Here’s a picture of me planting kohlrabi.
Patrick and a hired worker, Pearl, weeded quite a few beds this week to catch us up on our weeding and Josh finally mowed, so it really is starting to look like a vegetable farm around here. All the crops are looking really good except for some gopher withdrawl, but because we have planted so much of everything, we can deal with some of that loss. We have been trapping and caught one the other day and Luna has been pulling her weight on the gopher front as well.
We took some much needed time off this weekend after a big push this last week. It was nice. We have another big week ahead of us as we need to plant 8 beds of potatoes and 10 beds of sweet onions, storage onions and leeks. Phew! We also have to finish transplanting mustards, endives, lettuces and fennel before we move on to more seeding, etc. Patrick has urged us to try a few new things around here that we might not normally grow, so that’s fun. We are going to try our hand at growing quinoa and see what happens. We don’t have much experience on that front, but we bought some excellent seed from Wild Garden Seed in Philomath, OR, so we’ll see where it takes us. Pretty soon we’ll be into planting and seeding our summer crops including basil, beans, melons, squash, eggplants, peppers, tomatoes and zucchini!
Our CSA begins May 15th. We are up to six members with two possible families still dangling out there. We will also be starting the Medford growers market on May 15th, so we will be at two farmers markets per week soon!