Friday, July 2, 2010

Week of June 28-July 3

              The new technique of lengthening the freshness of lettuce by pulling out the taproot when harvesting proved successful.  Renata suggested this to keep the lettuce from wilting (we had an unusually large amount to harvest due to near-bolting point) and Jen was able to sell it at market days later as a result! :)

Week's Events:
Harvest: Red Russian Kale, Basil, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Cilantro, and Red Cabbage

          We used the waterwheel transplanter to transplant lettuce, eggplant, tomatoes, and tomatillos.  The waterwheel is a device digs holes (while adding water and fertilizer) into the rows with a turning wheel, which we plant the seedlings into.

Kitty and Jen on the waterwheel behind the tractor, ready to transplant lettuce
Renata and Kitty covered in mud after transplanting vicious lettuce (only 12 in spacing between plantings!)

Rock Picking!
We picked rocks for hours by hand!  It was invigorating but productive!

Here's our mountain of rocks (some the size of a human head or larger--big pieces of shale!)

Seeding:  We seeded more lettuce, and all the kale and cabbage for fall.

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