Elysian Fields Farm
Wednesday June 16th, 2004
|Sungold Cherry Tomatoes|
Hello everyone! I am very excited about the onset of a good amount of the summer crops. We had to split things up this week since the first harvest of a lot of the summer crops was a little light. As they really start to mature, there will be enough of all for everyone. Sungold Cherry Tomatoes, everyone's favorite, has started to come on pretty heavily and all members will receive them next week and many weeks to come. The cherry tomatoes always come on a couple weeks prior to the rest of the tomatoes. So, we can count on some heirloom tomatoes soon enough.
I have started looking at my Johnny's catalog in order to prepare for the fall/winter seed order. I will try Kohlrabi, Broccoli Raab, and a few other unusual crops this fall. We will also delve into the whole of the cool season crops. I will plant more broccoli, cauliflower and a lot of spinach. If everything goes as plans we should enjoy these crops the last few weeks of the season in October. I will make the seed order in the next week or so and start seeding some of the crops in trays in early July. They will then be transplanted into the field the middle of August. Very exciting.
We have received a few good rains here this past week. Last night in particular was a pretty good soaker. This helps relax the stress and urgency of the irrigation schedule, which can be such a nice thing sometimes. The winter squash in the no-till zone that I told you about in a previous newsletter has enjoyed the showers, as well as the second planting of tomatoes. We will be putting the third planting of tomatoes in the ground later this week. We are going to purchase some wheat straw on Thursday to mulch the beds with after the tomatoes are planted.
I hope all the flower share members have been enjoying the flowers they have received thus far. This week members have received a bouquet with Zinnias, Rudbeckia, Marigolds and Safflower. The Safflower has fuzzy orange balls and is surprisingly beautiful. I hope everyone has been putting their flowers in a clean vase with plenty of water. If you want to extend their vase life you can change the water every couple of days. A fresh cut on the ends will also help if you remember to do so when you change the water. I would love to hear some feedback from members on how their flowers have been doing and what they think of them.
What to look forward to...
Tomatoes, tomatoes, tomatoes.......This year I planted the old standby's. For heirloom varieties we have Green Zebra, Cherokee Purple, German Johnson, and more. I have also planted Big Beef and Early Girl which are hybrid red tomatoes. We will see the tomatoes in two weeks from today. Hard to wait. The look really good this year. There has been a lot of insect pressure already on them, worms primarily. The Tomato Fruit worm and the Tobacco Hornworm are the main pests. We seem to have gotten a decent handle on them so far, and will be diligent about their control. Okay, look forward to hearing from any or all of you! Take care. Elise.
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