Can you believe July is almost over? Before we know it, it’ll be that time of year again when we have to choose between farming and going to class. And let’s be honest, when it comes right down to it, farming usually wins out. Just kidding!….Kind of.
Our field grows and transforms daily now. We have survived the oh-god-please-seedlings-just-grow-already phase, and we’re now into the awww,-look-at-the-cute-little-baby-tomato! phase. The squash are growing like a mutant crop (as squash typically do), our cucumbers have begun to flourish (against all odds!), and our onions are looking healthy and strong. Oh, and have you SEEN our snap peas? I mean, SERIOUSLY. Jack and the Beanstalk’s got nothing on these pea pods. The issue now is that they’re outgrowing their five-foot-tall bean canopies…
Like proud new parents, each morning brings squeals of delight from us as we discover a tiny hidden eggplant or a plump pea pod that sprouted overnight. If the weather continues to cooperate, we will be able to harvest again soon! Our lettuce, kale, basil, and sage are ready for another round, and the snap peas will certainly need a good pick-through soon as well. However, it’s pretty difficult to harvest those without taste-testing one…or five…or the entire plant’s worth…oops. In between harvests, we’re still keeping busy with tomato trellising and weeding. If our plants like the sunshine, the weeds like it twice as much: if you turn your back on them for a second, they’ll sprout right back up. We dumpster dive for newspaper to the point where we’re probably putting the recycling company out of business and have pretty much exhausted Minnesota’s supply of straw, but we’re still mulching like champs. A few more rows to go, and then the weeding won’t be such a chore anymore!
Oh yeah. And our chickens have started laying eggs!! Couldn’t ask for more!
More pictures to come soon! Have a great week.