July 2015 Begins at Wishetwurra Farm

Rain finally came!

A few weeks ago we had some small rains, a quarter inch here, a quarter inch there, and got a bit less dusty. Last week we had an inch and a quarter of nice, soaking rain. Then two days ago a grand tempest came through in the morning, with a spectacular show of lightning and thunder. In less than an hour, the tempest dropped almost two inches of water.

During the storm, somebody’s house in town was struck by lightning, which started a fire in the fireplace. On a colder morning, that would have been very convenient. I’d rather start a fire with a match, even if it doesn’t make nearly as good a story as starting a fire with a lightning bolt. And if you think about it, a match is almost as miraculous as lightning.

Speaking of miracles, there’s nothing like walking out to your garden for a basket like this…

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Three kinds of garlic, shallots, onions, beans, pease, beets, and carrots. And that’s not all, folks.

View of the north: We continue to pick asparagus, since the bed got off to such a late start this year. In another few weeks we’ll quit cutting. We’ve picked clean the first three plantings of pease, and pulled their vines.

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Near to far: asparagus patch, bounded by a row of gladiolus. Exposed earth strips are where pease were, now planted to winter carrots. The plants in the mulched rows are garlic, now just a week or two away from harvest time. At the far end, near the fence are the tomatoes.

View of the middle. The corn will be as high as an elephant’s eye on the fourth of July.  We’ve been digging new potatoes, which are mighty fine eating. They are so full of moisture that if you drop one on the floor it will bounce around like a ball. When you cut one with a knife, it makes a crisp, “snick” sound. They taste so good that you don’t need butter or salt.

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Near to far: potatoes nearest the fence. Then the strawberry bed, the first-planting greens and coles bed, a row of potatoes and summer leeks, and the “three sisters” corn and beans and squash patch. Hidden by the now-tall corn are the second-plantings bed of various crops, the peppers and eggplants, and rows of onions and leeks for fall and winter.

The south. There’s not much more to say here. The far section, “Mexico” has been fallow this year, while I battle an invasion of bindweed — a perennial morning glory. If the stuff can be brought under control, I’ll try to get some sort of crop on it this year, though right now it doesn’t look good.

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We’ve picked a lot of broccoli, which is in the freezer now. The beans are about to come in. Green tomatoes in various sizes hang from their plants, which are growing so fast they need weekly staking and tying attention. The corn is tasseling. The squash vines must be extending a half a foot a day…that might not be true, but it seems so.

We’ll go to ground for some upcoming posts.

There’s a lot to be seen at the farm.

See you again soon.

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