Elysian Fields Farm
Wednesday June 11th, 2003
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Hello folks, hope everyone had a good week. Once again, a little on the light side this week, especially the full shares. All I can say is that you will be seeing more in the next couple of weeks as the summer goodies start to come on.
We have seen a good four inches of rain here in the past week, and have been pretty wet from it. At the same time it is nice to see the warmer weather coming in, with these high eighties and ninety degree days things will finally start to grow.
This past week we have been working on weed control in the summer beds, using a hoe to wipe out the small summer weeks as they start to come up. We have also mulched with wheat straw in between the two tomato plantings, finished staking and trellising the second planting of tomatoes as well as the first planting of peppers and eggplants. The peppers and eggplants really start coming on with the intense summer heat. They usually start to color up around the beginning of August and last until the end of the season.
We have also been keeping the Colorado potatoe beatles in check this year with periodic sprayings of an organic pesticide, BT. The spray is a bacteria that the beatles actually injest while they are eating the leaves of the potatoe (or eggplant) plant. The bacteria then stops the beatles from being able to digest there food and they subsequently die.
We have been harvesting a lot of flowers these past two weeks. Campanula, Godetia, Bouquet Purple Dianthus, Snapdragons, and Calendulas have all been plentiful this year. They have enjoyed the cooler weather. Soon we will be getting into a lot of the summer flowers like Sunflowers, Zinnias, Ageratum, Rudbeckia, Marigolds, and Cosmos. Believe it or not, now is the time to order seeds for the previously mentioned spring flowers. Many of them fair much better, produce longer stems and are more prolific, if they are transplanted into the ground in the. This is an example of the amount of planning that needs to be taken on the farm, that we will be seeding many of these flower that we are harvesting now in one month for next years harvest.
Pesto! You will be receiving a good amount of basil, so no need to hold what you have, use it fresh in sandwiches, salads or pesto pasta. Here is a quick and easy recipe. 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, 1 garlic clove, 1 tablespoon pin nuts or walnut pieces, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/3 cup parmesan, 4 cups fresh basil leaves. Put all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth, Yum!
What to look forward to...
Next week we can look forward to green beans, as they are looking healthy and happy. Summer squash will also be available next week. You can expect more basil, as there is a lot to be had. Tomatoes are big and green and I expect to be harvesting in two weeks. The corn has started to form its ears and will also be available in a couple of weeks. Cucumber will be ready in a couple of weeks as well, along with the blueberries. Once again, if anyone has any questions, concerns or feedback please let me know. Thanks, Elise.
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