THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES
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HAWKINS HOMESTEAD: Hello Market Friends! Fall is in the air and we couldn’t be happier about it. Plus it didn’t rain for a few days this week which meant we were finally able to move some of our garden boxes closer to the house. I have some special plans for these boxes and having them closer will allow me to keep an eye on them. We have been trying to fully get this done all month. So it’s a big deal that they’re moved. We still have to fill up a few with compost, but for the most part they’re all ready for planting!
Of course we have sown lots of seeds already, but we still have organic tomatoes, late peppers, okra, and even heirloom eggplants. We’ve been using some of these veggies in our prepared foods like our Salsa Fresh! We even found some lettuce hiding between some bean plants! They needed the shade and we’re more than happy to have surprise Summer lettuce for our family to eat.
Back to the eggplants….I was hoping to bring them yesterday for table sales, but since I wasn’t able to, I have listed them this week on the Market. As stewards of our word, we support other local growers so these plants were originally purchased as seedlings from a local sustainable farm. They have been organically grown and suddenly started producing more than we can keep up with, so we offer them to you.
Mouth Watering Goodness!
Thank you and we want to say welcome to a few new names we have seen lately and thank you to the ones who continue to come back. We appreciate you all.
AVALON FARMS . . . Rides Again!:
Here is our completed mobile egg prairie schooner. The girls have moved in and seem to approve. They’ve even started laying their first eggs in the nests! I love it when something actually works! Although why they insist on roosting on the roof is beyond me.
Also, we’ve added Freedom Rangers to our menagerie. These are very hardy meat birds bred to excel on pasture. They grow a little slower than the industry standard Cornish Cross, but do not have the associated health problems of that breed. Freedom Rangers are also well known for being very tasty and tender big birds. We anticipate the first harvest to be around the first of November.
In the picture above they are 2.5 weeks old. Look at the legs on those guys!
The first set of transplants had to move out onto the front porch to make room for more inside. Last year grasshoppers and army worms ate a lot of the transplants before they were even big enough to set out. That’s why I’m starting them inside and also why I got creative with some netting and made a “safe zone” for these guys on the porch.
Yes, clothespins have many uses! I’m planning to sew the sides together so the netting goes over the shelves like a giant sock.
BAIN HOME GARDENS: Marketeers, Our journey towards self sufficiency has been very rewarding. I personally have learned so much. I am very appreciative for all the resources out there but as I’ve said before, listening & learning from others is by far my favorite way to grow in knowledge and experience. As I’ve sat at the feet of such sagacious gardeners, there has been an unexpected benefit. Suddenly I have developed an interest in growing flowers. I’ve always admired those who could identify virtually every flower or houseplant. I never personally had an interest until now.
Recently our daughter and I were gifted with a Begonia of which our friend calls a Friendship Begonia because it propagates so easily making it very easy to share. This is a part of one that has been shared countless times already! I must say, it adds a hint of character to our living space. Other flowers (Marigolds, Sunflowers, etc) as you know are great for distracting pests from your fledgling vegetable plants. Beautiful and useful – cannot go wrong with that!
Sending well wishes and joy – from our family to yours!