This week, like the last several weeks, we've been dodging the rain and working around the muddy conditions as best we can. The sweet potato transplants are taking hold, the onion patch was weeded and looks wonderful, and our rotoweeder cleaned up the beans, sunflowers and okra. The pick your field will be ready in a few weeks--the flowers and herbs look happy.
I spent a good bit of time fighting with hydraulic hoses and fittings this week, could not resolve the problem to my satisfaction, but was able get a good bit of thistle disked before the rains came again.
Biological/sustainable/organic farming, whatever name you know it by, has its foundation in healthy soil. If the soil is well-mineralized and healthy then the plants will be healthy. If the plants are healthy, they will not succumb to diseases in most cases. Healthy soil even has fewer weeds, as weeds are usually trying to balance something that is out of whack in the soil. So we make the soil healthy by taking soil samples and adding minerals to balance the soil, we also apply compost and like a modern-day Squanto, we use fish emulsion and seaweed to feed our soil microbes and crops.
Snow peas: these flat-podded peas are eaten "hull and all" except for the stem and string. They are wonderful lightly steamed, boiled or in stir fry, even good raw.
Unlimited Picking Begins this week.
Parsnip: we won't see these again until maybe late fall
3 T. fresh lemon or lime juice
1/4lb fresh garlic scapes
1/2 c. olive oil
Salt to taste
Puree scapes and olive oil in blender until smooth. Stir in Parmesan and lemon or lime juice and season to taste. Serve on bread or crackers. --courtesy of Mary Jane's Farm