Monday, February 24, 2014

Farm School Winter Series Week Seven

This week at Farm School,
things were fast and furious.
Each undertaking is a lesson in mindfulness,
prodding me toward focus and bliss.

Our check on the garden found it full, lush 
and enjoying the past week's weather.

A sea of lettuce is a tempting sight.

The kale is sprouting new growth and just keeps going...

These eggplant are healthy and doing very well, thank you.
They will soon be caged.

Get the skillet ready, it won't be long!

Lynn spied a leaf rolled over like this and immediately knew,

trouble wasn't far away.
Yup, he found this worm in that tiny next leaf over
and it was duly dismissed.
Ya gotta wake up pretty early in the mornin',
to fool this farmer!

One of our tasks today was to transplant these lovely
Sweet Millions (tomatoes) into bigger pots.
They are just about hoppin' out of their containers.

As you can see, they aren't waiting for their new homes,
and have already started to bear fruit.
Isn't that just amazing?  It always floors me!

We used the coring technique to put these babies in.
We first showed you how to do this here.

Lynn plants his tomatoes deep.
As you can see here, this particular transplant
has even outgrown the depth of the coring pipe.

The pipe leaves a tidy hole in which to place the seedling.

The entire stem up to the first leaves will be planted.

Because this stem was so long,
this plant may not be as strong as others
which have been buried deeper.
It won't affect the taste one bit!

Task one-complete!
This variety of cherry tomato is one of the few crops
that can grow in our summer heat and humidity.
And are they a welcome taste of freshness!

We also had these luscious eggplant to transplant.
They're just screamin' for more room!

We aim to please.

We've showed this planting technique before.
Lynn grows one eggplant per pot.

The nail is placed in the center of the liner hole.

We dig around the nail.

The little gem is gingerly placed in the hole
just below the top of the soil.

The leaves are gathered,

then guided through that center hole.

The liner is secured with stainless steel nails,

and she's ready to take off!

One thing I realized today is that
it's much easier for me to identify crops on sight.
That really ices my cupcake.

I don't know about you,
but I'm gonna stock up on some parmesan cheese and  homemade gravy!

We planted a third row of scallions as well.
This is a real hoot!
Here's how it's done on The Hill.

Here's what the first two rows look like now.

They'll be ready for harvest in about another 2 weeks.
Hot dog!

Lynn's trying a little experiment with the papaya plants.
They are a hermaphroditic.
He's identified and separated the males.
The flowers will be removed whenever they form
so we can see if it develops into a female plant.
He comes up with these things all the time.
There's always something new to learn.

A cascade of color...

It was a productive and fruitful day.
Having witnessed our efforts 
manifest from seed to table
is by far one of the most rewarding experiences
 this farmer-in-training has ever had.
See ya next time on The Hill. 

Wanna see how Farm School got started?
Read this.