We have more beautiful heads of Romaine and Pomegranate lettuce heads coming out of the field this week. If you’re looking to make a Caesar salad, make sure to pick up some garlic scapes, too, as they really add a delicious, garlicky punch.
Our bed of spinach is just about finished, but we’ll be bringing a few bags this week. The variety we’ve grown for the past couple of years is called Corvair, and it’s a real favourite, both for our customers as well as here at home. Spinach doesn’t like the heat, and it’s starting bolt and go to seed. Some of the leaves are getting pointy, which means they will be bitter, but since we pick by hand, we’re able to pick only the leaves that are still good. If you need some for your fridge, though, make sure to come to market early!
For the past few weeks, we’ve been thinning out our bed of beets and bringing in beet tops. This week, we’re finally able
to bring some actual beets in to market. They are still rather small, but they work really well cooked whole, either in a stir-fry or on their own, as a side dish.
We’ve done a great job so far of keeping the weeds in the field under control, and this year, we’re trying something new with them. In previous seasons, we’ve kept a separate compost pile of weeds out at the back end of the property. This year, Jill has built us three compost boxes for the weeds, and we’ve been filling them up as we weed. The bins are lined, so we’re able to compost at a higher heat, which breaks the weeds down faster, so we don’t have to wait a full season to use the compost.
Weeds, especially those with deep roots, like dandelion and clover, have mined valuable minerals and other vital nutrients from the soil, and they store the nutrients in their roots and their leaves. Turning the weeds into liquid fertilizer returns the nutrients (including nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, boron, copper, manganese, sulfur, iron and silicon) to the soil.
By adding blackstrap molasses and using an aquarium aerator, a nutritious tea can
be produced and then added back into the gardens. We’ll have a lengthier post about this whole process in a few weeks’ time, once we’ve had time to experiment with the process and see what kind of beneficial results come about from the compost tea.
The Waiting Room
We’re still not harvesting out of the majority of our gardens, but things are sure looking good out there! I’ve put together a photo gallery (you can find it HERE) so you can see how the different field crops are faring out there.
Hope you are all getting a chance to get out there and enjoy some of the absolutely beautiful summer weather Mother Nature’s been offering up.
Until next week!