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Polyculture Fantastic!

We haven’t updated our blog with photos in awhile so we took a few to show what’s going on in the greenhouse in December. Lots of greens!We have 2 polyculture beds going this winter. One outside and one in the hoophouse. These beds have over 15 varieties of cool weather crops growing in them simultaneously. The seeds of the respective veggies were hand broadcast all together and covered lightly with soil on the same day. Soon there was a thick carpet of germinating greens and root vegetables covering the soil. This living mulch quickly outcompetes weeds and helps keep moisture in the soil, so it’s a very low-labor-intensive style of farming. It looks beautiful too!

 

A few weeks after sowing the seeds, we can begin harvesting the baby greens for delectable salads. By thinning the greens in this way, it makes space for select plants to grow bigger and reach full maturity. We are regularly thinning the polycultures so there is a constant supply of food, but we are careful to make sure that the soil is always covered by the lush vegetables.

Another advantage of polycultures is that they confuse the pests because the varieties are all mixed in with each other. A bug might find one plant he likes to munch on, but the plant next door is probably something totally different, so he’ll have a hard time finding all of the plants of that variety that he craves.

Spring and fall are the best times to start a polyculture, so now is a good time to start planning a spring polyculture in your garden. It doesn’t take much space to grow great polyculture!

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CSA Week 16

Climatically speaking it’s been a roller coaster week.  Most days were extremely hot with intermittent periods of breezy, cool cloud cover and the occasional raging downpour.  The one  thing that has remained constant is dripping humidity.

Peppers are changing color overnight, the okra are thriving, rice is in full bloom and beans and cowpeas are weaving their  way  over the last spots of barren soil on their beds.

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CSA week 15

Summer is a time of abundance. Our job according to Michael Pollan is one who captures essence of the sun. Sometimes I really feel that way as I package and see a whole array of colors in your CSA boxes. Most of these will keep coming for another 2 months so take advantage of the abundance and preserve the goodness of summer so you can have a burst of sun in the dead of winter. Preserve! Preserve! Preserve!

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Summer photos

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Lemon cucumber and marigold.
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Sunflowers in the evening.

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Another one of our challengers.

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A black snake monitoring the cucumbers.

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Cucumber trellis

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Sato Imo (Japanese Taro)

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Hops

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Tomatoes at sunset

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Aerial view

  

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Our cat, Sky...relaxing in the squash bed.

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Sunflower sky

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Rice paddy

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Burgundy Okra

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Black-eyed Susans and Wormwood

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Echinacea

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Sunset at Edible Earthscapes

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The Farm is Feelin’ Good…

Tomatoes getting ready to climb their bamboo trellis.  Eggplants are growing next to them under row covers to protect them from flea beatles.  The cucumber trellis rises up in the background with lettuce growing where it will be shaded by cukes.
Tomatoes getting ready to climb their bamboo trellis. Eggplants are growing next to them under row covers to protect them from flea beatles. The cucumber trellis rises up in the background with lettuce growing where it will be shaded by cukes.
This winter cover crop has matured into rows of scarlet beauty while fixing nitrogen in the soil for future crops.
Crimson Clover This winter cover crop has matured into rows of scarlet beauty while fixing nitrogen in the soil for future crops.
Lettuce, Napa cabbage, garlic, cauliflower, peas, carrots, turnips, beets, onions...not necessarily in that order.
Lettuce, Napa cabbage, garlic, cauliflower, peas, carrots, turnips, beets, onions...not necessarily in that order.
Haruka in the herb garden.
Haruka in the herb garden.
That one in the middle looks like some kinda weird animal skull of some sort... to me.
Butterhead Lettuce That one in the middle looks like some kinda weird animal skull of some sort.
Sunset on the farm.
Sunset on the farm.
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Early Spring Update

Winter has melted into spring here at Edible Earthscapes.  Haruka and I have been neck deep in our preparations for the upcoming season over the past 2 months and figured it was about time to step back, take a deep breath and let y’all know how things are looking over here these days.

We’ve got 4 varieties of garlic that overwintered very well and are starting into their big growth spurt before the May/June harvest.

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