Another transition has been reached at the Micro-farm. Much less weeding and more of a focus on harvesting. Two big harvests happened this week.
Friends have been giving us beets to pickle the past few years. I was at a workshop and learned about a variety of beets named “Cylindra” that grows long but not round. For canning a thinner and less round beet is easier to use.
We were able to can over nine pints of pickled beets and still had enough to share with neighbors.
The second harvest this week was potatoes. I was surprised to be picking potatoes, it feels a bit early. However, the leaves were yellowing some brown and shriveled. The leaf area had decreased greatly. I was worrying I something might happen to the potatoes if I did not harvest them.
I think they look really good. After frying a few up for supper they taste really good too.
Several crops are getting closer to harvest.
The peppers have been doing very well this year. The plants are vigorous and there are lots of flowers. Many are top-heavy and needed to be staked up.
The popcorn is beginning to tassel. Ears will be forming soon.
I did not do well providing support for my tomatoes. Regardless, they are doing well despite me.
The last bit of work done around the Micro-farm this week was on the raspberry bushes. The canes that produced fruit earlier this year have turned brown and many of the leaves have died. So I cut out the old canes to allow the plants to feed only the new canes. Additionally, on the black raspberries I “tipped” them in hopes they will creat more lateral growth. Black raspberries clone themselves by growing long canes then the canes lean over and when they touch soil they will send out roots. Then a new plant is formed. If I tip them then they will put more energy into fruit production, at least that is the plan.
As you can see it has been busy around the Micro-farm. I hope you are busy with your garden as well. I hope you are enjoy the fruits of your labor.
Enjoy this season, learn from last season, and look forward to next season.