Passing the baton

A golden tree outside my window shines as a torch aflame on this blue-sky day. I am thankful that each twig holds onto the color even though it has not had the sustenance of rain in 2 months. It is a miracle actually. Various plantings of flowers around the yard look pitiful since they only receive a passing slush of dishwater. I have been known to save washing machine water for plants but that can be messy. We irrigate our vegetables every other day with a drip tape method using city water, which as you know, has chlorine in it to kill the bacteria and in general is not a wise way to grow living things. We hope to come up with something else sustainable over time.

We feel real proud of our compost windrows! A lot of manure has been hauled in which is mixed up with tons of our produce, plants and prairie cuttings as well as old produce from Maynard’s grocery store which I pick up every day. The compost temperature is checked daily with a huge thermometer to make sure all is cooking well. When the temperature drops and it has a good feel it is basically ready to use. Composting puts the nutrients back to the soil instead of into a dead landfill. We add compost to each bed before planting something new. Some beds are planted out three times a year.

We are working hard to be ready for our Field Day on October 13 from 1-3 p.m. with Rural Advantage. You are all welcome to come for a walkabout. I can’t imagine where we would be if our son Nathan had not been with us this past month. Oh my goodness!

Harvest today should include: carrots, potatoes, onions, pears, peppers, buttercup squash, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, cilantro and maybe some Asian greens. As you probably have noticed, I’m trying to figure out something other than buying more plastic bags to litter the earth. Bringing your own helps immensely!

This is a baton passing moment, please remember to bring your market boxes so we can change things around. For those disembarking: thanks for your support and hope to see you again, soon!