We finished mulching the tomatoes and winter squash with hay to conserve moisture and help suppress weeds. Interestingly, the two rows of potatoes that have hay (an experiment this year at Julie’s suggestion) look much better than the four rows without hay. Even so I decided to put irrigation hoses on two of the potato rows today. In eight years of farming I have never had toirrigate potatoes… I pulled a large number of onions this week and transferred them to the sunroom to begin the several week process. I also set out a few eggplant transplants this year and put catnip as a flea beetle deterrent. It has been several years since I tried to grow eggplant – in years past the flea beetles all but decimated the plants – so we will see if the catnip works.
In other news the 3 inches of rain from a week ago Sunday delivered 2500 gallons of rainwater into the storage tanks, and by Friday evening it was all gone. Thankfully we are able to backfill the tanks from mom’s well but that can only be run an hour a day so we are definitely in water conserve mode. Mom saw on the tv this week that we are 10-15 degrees above average temperature for this time of year. All I can say is I can see it in my fields…
This week’s veggie idea comes one of our newest CSA members, Dionne. Thank you for this great tip!
Farm Food Favorite: Vegetable Stock
Store your veggie trimmings / compost in a container in the freezer and when the container is full combine with water and boil it down to make a vegetable stock.
I look forward to seeing each of you tomorrow at the CSA pickup from 10:30 until 12:30 pm in front of Butler’s II Antiques on Main Street. Please bring a bag for your goodies.
Until next week…