Friday, July 9, 2010

Week of July 4-9

-Blackberry Meadows now has 14 quails! Their eggs are miniscule (about the size of a quarter), but are considered a gourmet delicacy.  Quails can start to lay eggs after only 8 weeks.
-Finally got a thunderstorm after nearly three weeks of no rain and a heat wave!

Week's Events:
Harvest: Red Russian and Winter Bore Kale, Swiss Chard, Cabbage, Cilantro, Basil, and ...(drumroll) a few Sungold Tomatoes!

Kitty and Lynn weeding zuchinni and cucumbers on hilltop field

Mulching: We mulched the eggplants and tomatoes for summer using new tractor mulcher (see below)

Irrigation: Hot weather and unpredictable rains call for drip irrigation to guarantee sufficient water for crops.  We added irrigation using our rainwater harvesting irrigation system (using our pond on site) to the tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, zuchinni, and cucumbers.

Seeding:  We seeded lettuce (eek!) and basil for fall this week

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