|Back road to the mobile high tunnel|
|a flower often planted for bees in Europe|
Field Notes. Ken is busy! Many crops are going in this week - like the curcurbit family such as cucumbers, melons and squash. The zucchini is already in the garden. Ken has been transplanting hot weather crops - tomatoes and peppers are in the mobile high tunnel. Out in the field the onions and garlic look great. And Ken has also been planting flowers for insectaries for beneficial insects and pollinators. And in his "spare time" he is picking asparagus, pulling greens and radishes for farm sales, and doing all the animal chores. No, I have not been lying on the sofa eating bon bons!
With the rain the mosquitoes are hatching. One evening they were so pesty that Ken wore his bee suit and leather gloves! I have dug out insect repellent for the first time in years. Although the mosquitoes may seem annoying, we are so glad there is moisture, and we just work around the weather.
Monday the wildlife damage person brought us a fence for the bear. Ken has not encountered the large bear a second time, but as strawberries are just starting to ripen we are glad to have a way to keep the bears out of the greenhouse. I netted the strawberries this weekend to protect them from the birds. Many birds eat insects when they are laying eggs and feeding young, but once their young start to fly, they all are very happy to peck holes in strawberries! Strawberries will appear in your CSA boxes as we have them.
|Red bok choy|
Beet thins are a versatile green. I like to add the tender leaves to salad for sweetness and color. They are great in stir fry or braising mixes. Once we thin a few times the beet roots with tops are not far in the future!
'Til Next Week,