Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Farm School Update


With the fall garden in full swing,
we thought we'd do an update on Farm School.
About three and a half years ago,
I met my gardening mentors, Faye & Lynn,
who have been teaching me about being a farmer here in Central Florida.
(We have a year-long series on our sessions
posted underneath our header.)


A few weeks ago,
sugar snap peas were sown.


They germinated well,
but took a little while to get going.
They love the cooler temperatures of autumn.

 


This weekend they looked quite happy.
These snap peas are a vibrant green, crisp and crunchy,
and sweet as sugar.
We're looking forward to seeing those blossoms show up
because we know that we'll soon be enjoying these tasty morsels.


In the lettuce patch,
Faye & Lynn have been dealing with pesky squirrels.
They have attacked the delicate leaves of all of the varieties
including Romaine, Buttercrunch, Simpson and Red Salad Bowl.
Staying true to their organic practices,
they found a way to thwart the nasty critters without using pesticides.


 The shade cloth has done a remarkable job
of keeping them out
and keeping the plants safe.


More shade cloth was added to the garden on the west side of the property.



This time, Lynn used the shade cloth as a wall,
because the pots in this garden are much bigger than the containers in the lettuce patch.


 Inside this protective fortress
are kales and Swiss chard.



So far, the crops outside of the protected area seem to be untouched.

peppers


tat soi

tokyo bekana



The eggplant is lookin' good.
I sure hope I get to sample some of these beauties.


Once they reach a certain height, 
Lynn places cages over them for support.


Another crop that we are patiently awaiting
are the Celebrity tomatoes.
Nothing like home-grown maters.
The combination of Lynn's tomatoes and eggplant
is one of my favorite pairings for a peasant stew called ratatouille.

The fall garden is well underway
and we are enjoying spending every minute we can in it.