Micro Entrepreneurism, Simple Living & Art
So here’s the thing – pictures and diagrams don’t do this baby justice. Mostly because you can’t see the weeds, and I didn’t write them in anywhere. Of all the crops, the weeds are by far doing the best.
But, some other things are giving them a run for their money. The onions are pretty happy, about a quarter of the tops have fallen over, and some look they’re the size of large fist. Both patches of sweet potatoes are battling the weeds head on and seem to be holding their own. The hugelkultur bed that I was so excited about, has proven to be a complete failure. My theory is not enough dirt. The squash all got squash bugs, in an attempt to save some I transplanted and heavily doused in cedar mulch. Three or four plants might make it. Nasturtiams don’t seem to be doing too much to help.
Before this map was drawn, in the North West corner, I grew early spinach and broccoli, before planting the sweet taters. All the other early crops happened in the hoop house, which now has its cover off and is just a supplementary garden space with some happy basil, more beets, and a singular tomato.
Speaking of basil – this crop is outstanding this year! I’ve finally grown enough to make absurd amounts of pesto, which is exactly what I was going for. Already I’ve harvested three times, the first was for us, mom made three double batches and filled a door shelf in the freezer. The next two harvests went to friends and family. And I need to harvest again… Ooo la la
Tomatoes are doing OK. They’re huge, but some have suffered quite a bit from our high wind escapades, some are suffering from blossom end rot – caused by a combination of calcium deficiency and too much chicken poo. I sprinkled about half the plants with bone meal hoping to be able to turn some of them around, the other half seem to be unaffected. We did get to eat our first tomato this week and it was DE-licious!
Also ate our first pepper. A little small (because I got excited and couldn’t wait any longer) and a little chewy, but not bitter! Should have a bunch more after the sun comes out after the rain this week.
And the one you’ve all been waiting for I’m sure is the Beet Update. Hanging on to the edges of your seats I know. Just how many did we harvest this week? Another full mail container, probably somewhere around 40 beets. Put up 6 quart jars, and have a big container in the fridge. God we love beets.