Thursday, August 4, 2011

It's August and summer is here!

 That's right!  There are tomatoes ripening, peppers growing, and beans on the vine! summer is here. I am learning lessons of the seasons in the Pacific Northwest. Because we have spring weather lasting through June, our summers begin much later and continue later.  Or at least that's the idea.

silver fir tree tomato
persimmon tomato
Besides watching fruit grow and ripen, we've been busy.  We've continued to plant lettuce and radishes, two crops that grow quickly and go quickly either by harvesting or bolting, so need to be planted regularly. We are preparing beds for fall and overwintering crops such as beets, carrots, and brassicas.

We've been harvesting for restaurants and the market. And we've been weeding. I had someone offer to mow the clover strip in the middle of the field yesterday.  Which was a really generous offer, but he couldn't see that that is where the beets are planted. Because no one can see the beets- but they are there!

dragon tongue bush beans

We've been trying to stay ahead of the weeds, but I think it may be an almost impossible task. Especially the bindweed. Oh, bindweed. Those of you familiar with bindweed know the futility of weeding this  plant.  The roots of bindweed can extend to depths of 25 to 30 feet, it can grow a new plant from the littlest bit of root left in the soil, and the plant breaks very easily and grows so fast and binds to everything.. and.. and... okay.  I'll stop. I won't let the weeds get me down.  Let's get back to summer.  How can I be down with ripe tomatoes like these!  I invite you to stop by and check out the farm!


  1. Summer is the most important season for ripe the plants. In this season plants grown soon.

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  2. I'm really looking forward to seeing what your greenhouse produces this season! Hopefully your weeding and wintering go well.