Wishetwurra Farm, July 2015 — Down to the Ground.

Hi Emmit!

Emmit is Luke’s cat.


Emmitt, as seen from the dizzying heights of the Poindexter Memorial Ladder Section. Emmit likes to lie around. He does that a lot. I wish he’d catch a few chipmunks, before the chipmunks eat all the strawberries. You’ll notice that Emmit is a bit tubby, from all that lying-around. It’s hard to catch a chipmunk when you’re shaped like a sausage loaf. 

Outside the garden, the currant bushes are wrapped in tulle.

The tulle keeps the catbirds out.


If cat Emmit ate chipmunks the way catbirds eat currants, chipmunks would be extinct.

The days are long. The nights are short.

The seedlings that used to be short are getting tall.

Look at these tomato plants. I’m going to have to tie them up again, very soon.


In near left foreground, with the “strappy” leaves, are elephant garlic. The allium leaves next to them are shallots. I started fall-planting shallots a few years ago, and it’s much better than spring planting. Though there’s been some winter die-off, the survivors grow nice and big. 

It’s not yet particularly hot this summer. Most days have been in the seventies. Because of  this year’s slow-moving and extraordinarily north-south loopy jet stream, the Western US has had a wicked heat wave while the East has been fairly cool. Europe has suffered from a heat wave, too. If the pattern shifts later this summer, we’re going to have one blazingly hot August.

There are tomatoes.

There are potatoes. We planted some potatoes the “regular” way, and have been hilling them as usual. They’re doing fine.

There’s also a potato experiment going on. From time to time we see articles on “potato towers” and the like, where people grow potatoes in stacks of tires. Sooooooooo…..we’re trying a variation of the idea.

We have these two short double rows which we’re enclosing in boxes. As the plants grow up, we’re going to fill in the boxes with mulch, leaves, and whatever. We’ll keep addling layers to the enclosure, and will only stop when the plants stop. Then we’ll see what sort of crop there is to be had.


The experimental potato enclosure.

The lack of heat so far this summer means that peppers and eggplants have been laggard.



The laggard egglplant and peppers. What else can you find growing in this photo? There are eggplant, pepper, shallot, bunching onion, orach, regular onion, edamame, zinnia, arugula, lettuce, carrots, beets, fennel, corn, squash and beans.

If you’ll look back to the photo above, you’ll see one of our favored soil-building methods. When we make beds in the spring, we often shovel dirt out of the aisles in between. That leaves a trench. Garden weedings and debris get layered with manure and dirt into these trenches. You can see that happening in the picture.

An “active” path area like this contributes a lot more to a garden’s future soil than a hard, beaten-down, trodden aisle of plain dirt. If you dig into these areas later on, once they’re filled in, you’ll find them full of worms. Worms are mighty nice to have in a garden.

If we’re feeling really fanatic, after one of these paths has been filled in we’ll put old boards on top, to spread out the weight of people walking around. That way we don’t bother the worms while they’re busy processing all that organic material.

There were a few more photos to include, but for some reason, the intertubes have choked on even medium-resolution photo files. That’s one of the things that happens when your summer population is five or ten times your winter population. The tubes just can’t keep up.

So, for now, that’s all.

Next time we’ll try to get the rest of those photos in.

There are some interesting closer-up photos waiting.

Plus some other stuff.


2 responses to “Wishetwurra Farm, July 2015 — Down to the Ground.

  1. Like many aspects of how I garden, it just happened. One day I had a trench and a lot of pullings. The compost pile was too far away. A dim bulb went on, and thus began this.

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