Elysian Fields Farm
Wednesday August 28th, 2002
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As members know we have had some rain here the past few days. It is expected to continue through out the week. This is a good thing. The fall crops are happy for the wet cool weather. As far as the fall crops are concerned at present, things have been pretty difficult for them. Insect pressure has been the most daunting obstacle these past couple of weeks. I am sorry to have to report that a few yummy items have had an unfortunate start. Surprisingly the carrots have been a target for some catapillers and grasshoppers. I plan to seed more this week, and if we get them they will be a bit later (toward the end of October). The beets, turnips and radishes are doing well as is some of the lettuce and spicy lettuce mix. The spinach is showing hope. Unfortunate as well is the assault on the brassica transplants, such as kale, broccoli, and cabbage. Not being the only farmer in the area dealing with grasshopper outbreaks, these crops have been the main target. The fall garden is unfortunately much more difficult to nurture than the spring plantings of similar crops. One is dealing with (as I have mentioned) an excrutiating amount of pests as well as weeds, that have not yet colonized in the cool months of spring. We will keep our fingers crossed and ourselves working hard to produce adaquite yields.
As September and fall approach we also must say a sad farwell to the luscious blueberries. They were good to us to last a good solid two months this summer and I for one already look forward to eating more next summer!
I have been working on putting together the winter seed order recently. This includes such fall direct seeded flowers as larkspur, agrostemma, nigella, saponaria and batchelor buttons. These flowers over winter and bloom in the early spring. I have also decided to grow a larger quantity of garlic along with a few more varieties. I also plan to purchase onion starts, a common way for growers to plant their onions. The starts are purchased from the seed company in bunches and planted directly in the ground upon delivery. I am planning to over winter a large fall planting of onions for spring harvest. Tulips also are ordered this time of year for an over wintered planting. These guys com on late March to early April though so will not be around for next years flower share.
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