Month of May 2016 Wishetwurra Report Part II

Let’s take a brief ground level meander through Wishetwurra Farm, and take a closer look at what’s happening as we near summer. We’ll start in front of the greenhouse. Our friend AF brought over a couple of gnarly dead blueberry bushes. The bottom of the trunk is buried in the soil. An old metal trash can lid is fixed more or less level in the branches, to make a birdbath, though we’ve not yet seen birds use it. Around the bottom are planted sweet peas, which are supposed to grow up onto the branches as the season progresses.

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Seedlings waiting disposition. See if you can find: Milkweeds, columbines, zinnias, tithonia, tomatoes, eggplant, hollyhock, kale, tomatillo, onions, walking onions, and leeks. The light colored area in the background is eelgrass mulch on the asparagus bed.

In between rows of the asparagus are pease and fava beans. Then come shallots.

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The window boxes contain leeklets. We’ve come to favor window boxes for raising allium family seedlings. The growing medium is deep enough to let them make nice roots, and the boxes need watering less often than those plastic six-paks.

The rows of shallots segue into onions, and then come three new rows of strawberry plants. After the strawberries come more onions, and then leeks, and a row of cole family crops.

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In between the new strawberries you can see the upthrusting swords of gladiolus leaves. As an experiment we put the glads in between the berry plants, since in this first year there’s still room.

Then comes garlic.

And corn.

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Two lusty rows of garlic. They’re just about to throw up flower buds. There will be no escape for these scapes, they’ll get cut off so the plant can direct its energy to bulb-making and not to seed production. To the right of the garlic is the corn patch. Meal corn and popcorn.

Across the path from the corn. Next to the fence is the last of the previous year’s leeks, throwing up buds. We’re going to let them bloom, for bee and bug food. There’s a bed for greens and small amounts of carrots, beets, and so on. Next is the tomato bed. The boards are for the wheelbarrow to roll on…the low areas are where manure is being added and worked into the soil.

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The longest day and shortest night are but three weeks away. This is the time of year when plants are growing fast. Underground, the garlics bulbs are swelling mightily. Here’s a garlic bulb that we missed when harvesting last July. We dug it up because it was in the way.  Also because we wanted some fresh garlic.

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In the near future we’ll post some photos of the plants from much closer. We’ll try to appreciate them for how they look, rather than thinking about eating them.

 

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