October 2015 Wishetwurra Farm Garden Report

Another month has come to Wishetwurra Farm. September has been a busy month in the garden. Harvesting, canning, drying, freezing, preserving, weeding, digging, and hauling have been on the “to do” list. There has not been much time for writing or picture taking.

This post contains the traditional three aerial views of the garden, and is accompanied by the usual overall comments. Posts from the ground will be produced in the near future. We’re in the middle of what will be an almost week-long northeast blow, so for the next few days there will be enough time to pile up some posts that dig into what’s happening, down at the Farm.

Here’s the first of Wishetwurra’s “three views”….the North, and the Northwest Territories. At the left of the image, notice the seven feet by eight feet concrete compost enclosure. It’s full of layered garden trash and four truckloads of horse manure. A full compost enclosure is as good as money in the bank.


A careful look at the asparagus fronds in the foreground will show you that some of them are starting to senesce and turn color. The sunflowers have been pulled and gladiolus bulbs dug and set inside to cure. The bright greens behind them are fall greens and cole crops…

In the middle Farmview, you can see a dark brown area, which is a section that’s being improved with layers of manure and soil. The area has been seeded with cover crops, which have not yet emerged. We hope there will be enough time between now and freezing that the cover will be a nice winter blanket. Near the fence is the tomato patch, still yielding, but getting near their endtime.


There will be a separate post to come about the newly manured area, with comments on what has become our favored soil-building method in the garden. 

Photo number three is the “south”…A late planting of “rattlesnake” pole beans climbs up the near fence. The strips of short rows of green are a cover cropping experiment.


That green mound in the middle of the photo is….parsnips. Their leaves are about three feet tall. They are the lustiest, tallest parsnip greens the garden has ever produced. We shall be consulting with engineers from the Montana University School of Mining to determine the best way to excavate to the depths necessary to extract these roots.

After a nervous week, predictions are now in agreement that we won’t get a direct visit from Hurricane Joaquin. We love a good hurricane, but a few in a lifetime are enough. We’ve had our few, so, adios, Joaquin.

After a very droughty period, we’re at last having a wet spell. A very wet and windy spell. In two weeks time it looks like we’ll be getting as much or more rain than we’ve gotten in all the time since Spring began, six months ago.

Let it rain.




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