There have been ups and downs this week at the Micro Farm. We really enjoyed attending our County Fair. I could not believe how excited I was to see how my submissions faired.
The competition was very strong this year. We enjoyed walking around and seeing everyone’s hard work. I am always impressed by everyone’s creativity and attention to detail.
I finished putting in my raspberry trellis posts today. Their rustic look fits well at the Micro Farm. I am also happy to have the pile of posts cleaned up.
I do need to add a few strings to help the raspberry canes grow up.
I have been curious to know how my potatoes were doing. They appeared to be doing well, but being the first time I have grown them I needed a benchmark. I pulled up one plant and found them to be doing well but need more time.
The popcorn is doing well. I am really interested to see how the kernels look.
Sometimes things at the Micro Farm do not work the way I expected them to. I knew I had a problem with Cucumber Beetles, but I had hoped I the insect barrier I used would help prevent any problems. The insect barrier did help, but there was just too much disease pressure this year.
They are dying from a bacteria, and as so as I pull of the last of the remaining cucumbers I will burn the all the plant parts. After handling the vines and roots I will wash my hands to make sure I do not spread the disease to any other plants.
After doing some research on my plant variety I learned it had been discontinued because it was very sensitive to bacteria. Next year I will select a variety better suited to handle bacteria diseases. Seed companies publish what disease strains the plant is resistant too, you will often find a list of letters on the seed or variety information. Take the time to investigate what disease your plants are resistant too, it can make a big difference in production. Select varieties that will resist the diseases in your area.
I hope your harvest is big this year. Are you having trouble with bacteria or insects?
Enjoy this season, learn from last season, and look forward to next season.