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Monday, October 24, 2011
The Light at the Center of the Tunnel
It is so wonderful to be greeted with this room of glowing green every morning when I open up the high tunnel. Here it is, just 42 days after planting the seeds.
In the southwest bed I have two rows each of bull's blood beets and golden beets. This is one of two beds I have not yet completed thinning, weeding and mulching. Also, it is next to the side of the greenhouse that I roll up on warm days and yesterday a hen discovered her way in and helped herself to a bunch of the red beet greens. Note: erect fencing before opening up the greenhouse again!
A bed each of the biondi di lyon chard and the rainbow chard are looking great! I mulched between the rows with black mulch that touted its ability to conserve 30% more water and because I theorized perhaps the black color would absorb more heat during the day, keeping the plants warmer at night.
We are now liberally harvesting spinach -- I hope there is still some for the winter Farmers Market which begins in 2 two weekends!
Scallions and baby leeks, on the other hand, still have a long way to go.
Reading up on the broccoli raab this morning, I think it may be time to start harvesting the greens. Don't want them to get too big and become bitter.
The Asian greens also look nearly ready to harvest to me, but it is my first time growing broccoli raab, Asian greens, or claytonia, so I am a bit unsure when/what to do with them.
Carrots are still tiny.
Healthy-looking Italian parsley
and curly parsley, nestled up to the pansies.
I am having wonderful beginner's luck with this high tunnel.
In September 2008, we dived into our dream of creating a small, sustainable farm. Neither of us has previous farming experience, but we have enthusiasm and many ideas for this little 10-acre farmstead.