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Transplanting is Transformational

The Micro Farm is a “buzz” with activity.

Pollinators are enjoying the black raspberry flowers

Pollinators are enjoying the black raspberry flowers

The strawberry patch is also producing lovely berries this year.  Such a nice crop mean I need to protect the ripe berries from animals nibbling.

The strawberries protected

The strawberries protected

I use a bird netting purchased at a local nursery.  It keeps most of the critters from eating the ripe fruit.

I spent a good deal of the week transplanting seedlings.  One evening while working on the Micro Farm.  I noticed small movements near my neighbor’s shed.  Sure enough two small rabbits.  I knew I needed to do something to protect my tender and young plants.  Fencing is what I needed, but I wanted to avoid the traditional woven metal fence.  A local home store had landscaping timbers on sale, decision made.

New "fencing"

New “fencing”

Hopefully this will keep the rabbits out.  We will have to wait and see.

I transplanted tomatoes, peppers, celery, cabbage, and cauliflower.

Cabbage transplants

Cabbage transplants

Cauliflower transplant

Cauliflower transplant

Tomato transplants

Tomato transplants

I also planted five pounds of seed potatoes, another 75 onion sets, beets, edamame,  popcorn, and carrots.

Growing greens has been a failure so far this season.  So I am tried putting some seed in six-packs to determine the quality of the seed.  The seed produced well.  I In another week I will put them into the ground.

Lettuce seedlings

Lettuce seedlings

As the rain falls tonight.  I am excited to see how the young plants spring to life over the next week.

Enjoy this season, learn from last season, and look forward to next season.

Harvest Here, Harvest There

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.

Mrs. M holding some of the best

Mrs. M holding some of the best beets

The complete beet harvest

The complete beet harvest

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.

About twenty pound of potatoes from two pounds of seed potatoe

About twenty pound of potatoes from two pounds of seed potatoes

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.

Lots of green peppers

Lots of green peppers – two nice bells in the middle           click to enlarge

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.

Popcorn tassles

Popcorn tassels

I did not do well providing support for my tomatoes.  Regardless, they are doing well despite me.

My first "reddish" tomato

My first “reddish” tomato

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.

Tipped black raspberry canes

Tipped black raspberry canes

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.