Monday, January 6, 2014

Farm School Winter Series Week Two



With a few dreary days behind us,
we're welcoming back the sunshine at Farm School.


We had several important tasks to be completed
after our ritual tour of the garden.



The lettuce is going strong.




It tastes every bit as wonderful as it looks.




This Red Salad Bowl was transplanted last week 
and is flourishing in its new spot.



The cucumber patch is making quick progress.


Brussels sprouts



kale




Of course, we had to check on Peaville.
Snap peas are a delicious treat every day in salads or just for munching.
These are sweet, tender and juicy.



With loads of blooms, we expect this crop to continue producing for a good, long while.



The powdery mildew doesn't seem to deter its success.




You may notice the black tip on this pea stem
which was caused by this week's fierce winds.
No permanent damage is foreseen.




The Celebrity tomatoes are about through producing.
I took home a bagful.
There are more tomato starts ready for transplanting soon.




The Romas have seen a bit of damage by birds,
but overall, they are faring well.






Some were picked fresh,



and I was allowed to choose as many from this bunch as desired.
Gravy will be made later today.
Oh yeah.
Life is good, my friends.



We got some more broccoli planted.
This crop has no fear of winter, as few conditions discourage its growth.



The scallions that we planted exactly a month ago,




are thriving.
I guess Lynn thinks you can't have too many...




because more sets were planted so that the crop continues to provide goodies
for all who care to partake.




We set ourselves up in the designated area with plenty of newly mixed soil.




Lynn measured out the center of the pot,
so that they are evenly spaced.
You can see the method of planting Lynn used here.




A few of the sets are already sprouting.
It's the plants' signal that it's time to grow.




The garden is looking lush and productive.
It must be amazing to walk out of the house everyday
right into the Garden of Eatin'.




The datil peppers are participating in a little experiment.
Faye & Lynn are learning about how best to dry them.




See the hole toward the bottom of this palm?
A swarm of bees moved in recently.
Faye & Lynn are hoping to find a beekeeper who can relocate them.
I hope we get to watch that!



 With temperatures expected to dip into the 30's the next few nights,
Lynn will be busy tending to the bounty of the garden.
The tender crops like tomatoes, peppers and some of the herbs are most vulnerable.
I hope he gets some sleep.
The work of a farmer is never done.
See how we started this lil' ole Farm School thang here.



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