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News and Views from Circle A Garden

Posted 7/31/2008 10:05pm by Betsy Austin.

Hello again everyone,

It is hard to believe that tommorow is the 1st of August!! Wasn't May just a couple of weeks ago??!! {we have been fondly remembering the cooler temperatures!!} The garden has changed so much in the last six weeks; if you haven't seen it in a while; you won't recognize it!! We would like to encourage everyone to take a bit of time and see all the changes. If you would like a tour, please let me know!!

Some of the most dramatic changes over the last few weeks:

The garlic is all harvested!! {and have we been enjoying all the fresh garlic!!} That area has now been re-planted to beets, carrots, scallions, turnips, winter radish, and more. We have one more bed to plant. {it will have greens for the fall}

The beans are to the top of their trellises. We should have romano beans next week and possibly the purple podded green bean. The regular green beans and the rattlesnake bean {the green one with the purple splotches} will be ready to pick in about 10 days. {We chickened out and waited a week to plant them when we had all the frost back in mid-June}

The first planting of summer squash has reached frightening proportions!! Some of them are chest high and 6-8 feet around!! We are starting to get lost in there when we pick!!

The tomatoes in the high tunnel are topping the trellis; as well as the cucs and the red noodle beans.

The melons have taken over their space. The broccoli and cauliflower are getting huge!!

Best of all, we are starting to be able to harvest a lot of new things each week!! Summer squash, tomatoes, a few peppers, onions, broccoli, a bit of okra {it is really liking the high tunnel}, cucumbers, cabbage, kohlrabi, and more!!

Thank you all for bearing with us during the late spring. There were a few weeks during our transition from the high tunnel to outdoors that we didn't have a good supply of veggies to harvest. Barring any surprizes from Mother Nature {hail storms, early frost, etc.}, we should have a bountiful season!!

We are starting to harvest veggies most of the week now. Our basic harvest schedule right now is:

Monday; summer squash, beans, cucumbers, tomatoes,{we are also starting to make pickles next week}

Tuesday:catch up day, pickles

Wednesday: summer squash, tomatoes

Thursday: cucumbers, okra, beans,peppers, herbs, edible flowers, artichokes

Friday: summer squash, tomatoes, broccoli, salad greens, chard, kale, onions, turnips, beets, carrots, parsley, basil, cabbage, kohlrabi, and anything else that we haven't harvested the rest of the week.

Every evening: check melons {we check them in the evening and will pick anything that is ready so the skunks don't get them before we do!!

We start early {6 or 6:30 ish} and try to have everything picked before noon. Please consider coming out and helping to harvest the bounty!!

We would like to thank all of you who have come out to help during the first half of the season. Your hard work and TLC are paying off. Everything is just growing so well!! Thank you!! Thank You!! I hope that you have had as much fun as we have!!

Just a reminder for those of you who are paying installments on your CSA share{those of you who joined before May 31}; next payment is due today!!

Thank you all for supporting local agriculture!! See you all Saturday.

All of us at Circle A Garden