Wishetwurra Farm Garden Report, June 2013

Since it’s the first week of the month, we take a break from mining the thousand photographs from Maine, for the June Wishetwurra Farm Garden Report.

Spring is still teasing, warming, then retreating to chill, then warming again. There are days when summer seems as if it could actually happen. But it’s not really warm yet. We’re still saying “Wow, it sure is warm!” when the temperature makes it into the seventies (F). Just a few days ago, we were chilly enough of the evening to make a fire in the fireplace. And that fire, as we burned a trash can full of scraps from the shop,  felt really nice and warm. So nice and warm that we didn’t want to leave the living room until it was time to go to bed. Maybe this will be one of those years when the heat suddenly turns on and in a week or less we’ll go from the 60’s and 70’s to the 80’s and 90’s.

In the “Oh-oh” department, Ms. Tropicial Storm Andrea has got herself cranked up in the Gulf of Mexico and is now headed this way. High winds and up to four inches of rain are predicted over the next few days.

The Wishetwurra garden is well underway. Due to overenthusiatic planting and too-small stomachs, we’ve had to send pounds and pounds of bolted spinach to Katherine Long’s chickens. In the last few days we’ve picked three pounds of sweet, fresh peas. Early peas are such a treat. The pea patch area is littered with pods, an indication of tasty they are. How hard it is to get those first peas into the house.

Strawberries have started, too.

Before starting, I’ll digress, with a photo taken as I descended the half-section of the Herb Poindexter Memorial Ladder .

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Shadow self-portrait, with Goat Barn, Hosta, Foot, and Ladder. 

The report hinges, as usual, on the three overview photos of Wishetwurra Farm, in the customary north, middle and south order. Each overview will be followed by a detail image or two.

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The North.
What’s in the north? Flats and flats of baby seedlings, destined for the gardens of the rich and famous, line the edge of the path into the garden. Below them, the asparagus patch, which we’re still picking clean, and then the green mass of the early peas. Below the peas are just-planted sweet potatoes (an experiment), a late pea planting, then the strawberry bed, an alliums bed, and at the bottom, a couple of beds still being “constructed”. At far left, along the fence below the greenhouse, are some beds of garlics.

A close view of the early pea patch.

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We always start some flats of peas earlier than you really should, on the chance that conditions will be right for an extra early crop. This year it worked.

We’re trying out about ten different varieties of garlic this year.

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Garlic glowing green in afternoon sun.

In the photo below,  “The Mason-Dixon Line” path divides the oldest part of the garden (The Union) to the left, from the “new” section (The Confederacy), to the right.

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The Middle.
Sunflowers, borage, and nasturtiums edge the fence. Then come cole crops, beets and chard, and various early plantings. Below them, the big garlic bed. Below that, a big bed still under construction. There worms are happy there, they’re as lively as snakes. Great fish bait. In the “Bermuda Triangle” are this year’s tomatoes, and below them, in a strong, straight green line, are some wicked enthusiastic potatoes. The next-to-bottom bed is early onions, shallots, and spring greens. The last bed, nearest the far fence, is planted to squashes, both summer and winter.

Here’s a closer view of the sunflowers and the top bed, plus the big garlics bed. .

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We are about to have our first crop (ever) of kohlrabi. It’s so weird-looking that it might just get a post all to itself. Photos will come….

The tomatoes, and the very enthusiastic potatoes.  A half-dozen different kinds of taters.

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The first round of potato bugs have started to visit. The get picked off and squashed for their impertinence. (OK, that’s anthropomorphisitic thinking, sorry)

Moving downhill…………….

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At right, the taters. Then peppers, onions and leeks, then greens (and reds). The freshly mulched row is next winter’s leeks, and at left are spring greens and fall-planted shallots and onions. (An experiment.)

Off in the distance, off to the south of the Confederacy, is “Mexico”.

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South of the Confederacy lies Mexico. The Border is inhabited by climbing peas. To keep out alien invasions, a red armored vehicle is stationed nearby. It’s camouflaged with an upside down trash can, which also keeps rain off the motor.

What grows in Mexico?

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Mexico’s crops are appropriate this year. Corn. Squash. And tithonia (Mexican Sunflower, beloved by butterflies).

Thanks for taking the tour.

Y’all come back next month now, y’heah?

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