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Farm Happenings - 12 October

Spring is well underway and we are doing our best to keep up. Spring has been marked by the birth of 7 (so far) baby goats. 3 out of 4 mama’s have had twins with one mama goat still waiting. It’s very playful in the goat paddock. The setting up of a new season growing area was a huge job but now we get to plant it out, like colouring in our picture. We are sowing weekly and transplanting like mad but we pass most of the time weeding and are challenged with the best way to reduce this highly laborious task while keeping our integrity and respect for the soil structure and soil life. It is inevitable in one way or another to turn the soil and each time we do more weeds are brought up to the surface to germinate, this is most challenging with carrots which germinate slowly, grow slowly and require the most meticulous and precise of weeding plus we have a large area to look after as nearly everyone loves carrots (as apposed to dear ol’ turnips). The perennial garden beds are done so we have growing now blueberries, asparagus, taro, orach, chilli and flowers including edible day lilies. We are in-between seasons now so there is bit of a shortage of produce as the cool season finishes yet the warm season veg is a bit of a way off. It’s too warm now for broccoli and cauliflower so the bees are enjoying the abundance of flowering broccoli and cauli but let’s look forward to sweet vine ripened tomatoes with basil, eggplants, cucumber, okra, corn, beans, edamame soy beans, basil, pumpkins, watermelons and more (including carrots).

Farm Happenings - 17 August

The cross over of seasons is always really busy – in the field as well as on paper with crop schedules and planning where everything will be placed over the next 6 months. In the field we are just about finished preparing the new plot for warm season crops, we have just finished the first big spring sowing. We haven’t had a frost for a while and the soil must be warming up somewhat as warm season weeds are appearing again and new sprouts are germinating from last seasons pumpkin patch. Our lovely broccoli and cauliflower supply will start to dwindle now as the florets are too keen to blossom with the warmer weather but that will be nice for the bees. I’ve got the main warm season crops on my mind again such as tomatoes, eggplants, cucumbers and watermelons. The parsnip trial has done well so i’ll increase plantings of those next autumn and I think the only other cool season crop still to come is the broad beans, I keep thinking any moment now but they just keep flowering. I’m expecting them en masse sometime soon. Oh, and japanese turnips as well as kohlrabi. The latest lot of beetroot is ready as baby beets which are sweeter than the earlier plantings, I suppose because they have grown slowly during the coldest part of the year. Trials for this coming season include yams, new guinea bean, winged bean, wasabi and taro. Hopefully some flowers for cutting too. I’m very keen on the idea of organic cut flowers as an alternative to the chemically intensive floriculture industry. Certain flowers are also useful for attracting beneficial insects and provide bee forage. Once we are on top of setting up for spring we will begin tidying up the cool season plot, rolling up all the irrigation line and putting in green manures after the soil has given us all those lovely cool season greens and root veggies. Warmer weather welcomes the array of vine crops to do their thing.

Farm Happenings - 18th May

Going into the coolroom felt warm this morning! The eggplants are feeling the cold too so they’ll only be available for another week or so. A frost will be welcome though as my number one disfavourable weed will be bitten and so will the sweet potato vines which have been encroaching all neighbouring vegies. Last weekend the grassy paddocks were cut and the grass piled into long serpent like compost piles. The paddocks were then sowed with winter legumes. Our newly arrived snail eaters aka Ducks are doing a pretty good job so I might not be able to offer so many snails with forthcoming produce. The last of our warm season veg which has still been kicking along so late in the season will soon disappear from the shop page, we’ll look forward to them again next year. So apart from good ol’ Brassicas, the snowpeas are climbing, the broadbeans are growing well, new plantings of carrots and beetroots are coming on to keep us going, silverbeets are nearly ready, salad spinach grows slowly but steadily, radishes are year round and turnips will come later in the season, among other things. We had a big week of turmeric and ginger harvest and pulled up lot’s of beautiful orange turmeric. To me turmeric has a rather soapy flavour, but the deeper orange coloured variety I’ve found less so. Let’s think of it’s fantastic health benefits. Lastly i’m increasing my plantings of kale, so awesome that everyone wants this vegetable. Frida the queen of the turmeric harvest.

 

23 April

The purple garlic couldn’t wait to get to sprout so it’s growing well above the mulch now and the russian garlic is just poking through. Speaking of alliums the eschallots have been planted too which, apologies to our resident wallaby we have netted this time after she gave the crop a good pruning last year. We trialled Edamame soybeans this year, which I find exceptionally delicious and so do the kids plus they like the popping out of pods factor. The harvest window for edamame is very short and then the crop is finished so now that I know we can get a good result, next year i’ll be planting more frequently during the warm season. The okra is starting to slow down with this cooler weather but for okra that means winding back from a sprint as we still have to harvest twice a week to keep the pods from getting too big. The eggplants are still producing heaps of fruit, they are our most staple vegetable at the moment. The broadbeans have come up and the snowpeas have reached the trellis. The green cabbages are ready, this year there was a particular type of caterpillar that caused some losses that hasn’t been around other years (insects are mysterious) but there are still some lovely cabbages. Perfect for making sauerkraut. The Broccoli is starting to form heads which we will be keeping our eye on as the harvest window can be short in our warm climate. This week will be the very last of the watermelons. We are hoping to find some ducks from the next market to help with our snail problem, and start having our own eggs again. Mulch bales are due to be made next week, then straight after leguminous greenmanures get sown. The big compost piles are made at the same time as the mulch bales, then hot composted for a few months. Lastly, thankyou to the weather gods for giving us more rain lately, especially during the night with then sunny days.