Yes, we have been busy. A busy month since the last post. With the long day length, we are often outdoors until 9:30 or 10 pm. Two people, working a little farm, with two other jobs. I try to grab the camera and document whenever I can, and imagine blog posts in my head as I’m working that don’t seem to materialize at the end of the long day. We about doubled the size of the “market field” this year, plus added on some other plots in other locations. This is still so small compared to the farmer friends I know, but it’s just the two of us, no other workers. We’ve got celery, celeriac, radicchio, arugula, potatoes, radishes, leeks, popcorn, tomatoes, basil, squash and eggplant, and a few watermelon, growing here in this patch. And a few flowers. We’ve planted so many plants, so many rows. After the big rains and the sudden heat, there was a lot of fast growth. So rewarding! Part of our system is to mulch heavily when we can, shown in the photo above. Saves time on weed control later, improves the soil, and holds in the moisture! I do a lot of interplanting too. Slower-growing vegetables like celery, leeks, onions, broccoli, are interplanted with fast growing ones - lettuce, radishes, arugula, spinach. We get two or three times the crops from the same space of ground, and reduce the areas where weeds can grow too.
The Westside Farmers Market is in full swing now. Yesterday was the third week, and we were lucky with the weather, dodging rainstorms, and having a great day. We love this little market! Come and find us there on Thursdays from 3-7pm.