Monthly Archive: October 2009
We will be sending out the last few peppers as an extra this week, and this marks the end of the summer crops. The cool weather crops are thriving and look beautiful, although not always growing and maturing as fast as I would like. A case in point is the broccoli, which is big and beautiful, but still heading up slowly and sporadically. (more…)
We have gone very quickly from our first frost to our first snowfall, with about a half an inch of heavy wet snow blanketed the farm this past Thursday.
While there was no concern about damage to the remaining crops from the snow by virtue of the temperature, I was a bit worried about damage to some plants, especially the lettuces from the weight of the snow and its potential to break off leaves and branches. (more…)
This recipe is from urbanext.illinois.edu.
We had our first frost of the season this past Saturday night. I must confess that it caught me by surprise. I had last checked the weather websites on Friday and they were calling for a low of 37 degrees, giving a safe margin of error. (more…)
It was an unusually cool September, although the weather is so strange anymore it’s hard to say what is normal.
I know I have been promising string beans for the past couple of weeks, but they have been growing slower than I’ve ever experienced in the past. (more…)
We’ve been taking advantage of the dry conditions during this past week to dig as many of the potatoes as possible. The potato digging machine that I own does not work well when the ground is wet and up until now we have been digging most of the potatoes by hand. This is not only a slow and laborious process but leaves some potatoes behind and many that are damaged by being speared by the pitchfork. (more…)