Monday, November 4, 2013

Farm School-Fall Series Week Seven


We're back on track with Farm School.
What a lovely day we had.


With temps in the 70's and the humidity down,
it was the perfect day to be outside.
We live for days like this.

Our tasks began with the tomato patch.
pre-tuck

We needed to do what Faye & Lynn call the "tomato tuck".
The objective is to tuck the limbs behind the baling twine
which adds support to the plant
while making it easier to navigate between the rows.
post-tuck



Oh my.
Faye's keen eye spotted this guy.
It's a tomato horn worm and he is most certainly not welcome in the tomato patch.
It is actually the larvae of the sphinx moth.
Grow yer own, dude!

Fortunately, he didn't get to these yet.

The plants are loaded with fruit.
It won't be long before we're enjoying these juicy tidbits.
(If we can keep the worms away.) 

These eggplant were ready to be caged.

It tends to be windy up here on the hill,
so the cages are instrumental in nurturing a sturdy plant.

Another luscious jewel to look forward to.

All the radishes were harvested.
These little gems only take a few weeks to fully mature.

They are one of the smaller crops grown here,
but they sure pack a punch!
Spicy like you wouldn't believe. 

The dill is having a good time filling out in this pot.

We did a bit of "tucking" in "Peaville" as well.


The Simpson Elite lettuce is going gangbusters!
Some of this made it home with me today.

The datil peppers are growing strong.
These babies are perfect for those who need a little heat,
(okay, a LOT of heat). 





Another great learning session today at Farm School.
I feel so blessed to be able to witness the garden coming into another season.
With every seasonal change, there are different obstacles, new approaches,
and a myriad of welcome experiences.
My time here has allowed me to become a more confident gardener.
I've been given a lifelong gift 
for which I am immensely grateful.


You can read how Farm School started here.







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12 comments:

  1. It's so hard for me to imagine tomatoes ripening soon. Gotta get my head wrapped around that! :-)

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  2. That sounds like some perfect weather! I'm glad you had such a nice day. We see lots of those tomato horn worms around here. I hope they aren't a problem for you guys. The tomatoes are looking good!

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  3. That lettuce looks so luscious. Love your pictures. It was fun admiring all the bounty!

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  4. The tomato tuck - great name! Such beautiful photos and the one of the tomato hornworm is outstanding!!

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    1. That nasty varmint has had his last close-up! ;0)

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  5. Wow! Your crops look amazing! Tried to grow cucumbers and tomatoes this year. Had an awful time with pests and eventually gave up. Stink bugs were the only problem I thought. But then I discovered the mocking birds were eating the tomatoes. And towards the end I was finding black spots on the bottoms of the tomatoes (there was even a small worm in one of those black spots!). I don't suppose you've got any advice for a poor soul like me?

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    1. As for the worms, every crop is hand-checked at the farm several times a week. For the birds, Lynn uses a type of netting called "Thrips" that he covers the tomatoes with when they start to ripen. You can read about that here: http://mymaplehillfarm.blogspot.com/2013/04/farm-school-week-eight.html. The black spots on the bottoms of the tomatoes is called blossom end rot. Go here for help: http://www.helpfulgardener.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5523.
      Hope this helps and that you'll give it all another go! ;0)

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  6. All of your plants look absolutely fabulous! We had an issue with horn worms this year on our tomatoes. This was the first time I had ever had that issue, so I combined that problem with my hens' need for protein which worked out quite well! Now if only the chickens could find and eat nematodes! haha

    I'd like to invite you to share this post and up to two others at our From the Farm Blog Hop, which is live right now. Your style of blog posts would fit right in with the wonderful posts that are shared!

    From the Farm Blog Hop

    Hope to see you there!
    ~Kristi@Let This Mind Be in You

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    1. I like your solution to the horn worms! ;0)

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