Sunday, July 29, 2012

2012 Season, week 13

July 28, 2012

This week's harvest:
Hot Peppers

This week's farm news:

The week was a busy one. We completely reclaimed what we call our "upper" garden - a one-acre garden patch - from the torrent of weeds that really took hold after all of that rain we had. We started by hand-weeding the late melon patch and hand-cultivating the butternut squash. Any place where Eric had a straight and open area he would first mow and then turn under the weeds with the tractor - like the long path beside our eggplants and tomatoes, in between the rows of butternuts, and the whole way around our sweet potato patch. The inside of the sweet potato patch was another matter entirely. Normally, our sweet potato patch is kind of like our showcase area of our gardens - completely weed-free and gorgeous. (Probably because it's our family's staple winter food so it's a high priority!) Somewhere along the way this season, we lost it! So we called in some intern recruits from our friend Jeff (aka the Barefoot Farmer) who has like twelve or so extra helpers right now! So with Eric leading the way, he and five young & able helpers made short work of the weeds that were trying really hard (and succeeding, too!) to take over our sweet spuds! And Eric, being the hard-working opportunist that he is, quickly devised a plan for having the crew of interns help mulch the fall tomatoes that we had just finished staking and caging the day before! Yes, it was a busy week... but a good one!

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