From July 19th, 2016

The past week has felt like a transition period on the farm. I spent two full days cleaning up the veggie beds, weeding out tons of thistle, lamb’s quarter, and other volunteers to make more space for growing plants. Spring veggies like radishes and peas are going to seed and I will soon be removing them to make space for new fall plants. It’s odd in farming that you are almost always looking either forward or backward. In order to have fall veggies, you have to be ready to plant them in midsummer. But to get better at what you do each year, you have to also reflect back on what went well and what went poorly. Perhaps this is what leads to the feeling that I’m constantly either falling behind or catching up. In this time, many of the high summer plants like tomatoes, eggplants, and melons are starting to bear fruit. Their arrival, along with the cucumbers and beans, give me wild and slightly manic dreams about canning.

 The greenhouse. It’s currently home to fast-growing melons, okra, eggplant, and tomatoes.

The greenhouse. It’s currently home to fast-growing melons, okra, eggplant, and tomatoes.

 A tiny Mexican Sour Gherkin cucumber baby. At full size, they’re a miniature replica of a watermelon.

A tiny Mexican Sour Gherkin cucumber baby. At full size, they’re a miniature replica of a watermelon.