After having taken a couple days off of the farm in order to attend my brother’s high school graduation, I am so ready to get to work! Even with the rain, there is nothing better than time in the fields. Last week I spent a lot of time hoeing and setting trellis posts & panels. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for me this week!
(There should be a picture in this post but I can’t see it…. stay tuned for an update with a picture!)
For most of the week lots of weeding happened in the biodynamic/ organic plot. On Thursday we added trellises to the plot for the summer crops!
This week, my 3rd week had been very interesting as the other two have. This time around, I gained experience in harvesting some thorny Stinging Nettle (which made some fantastic tea that smelled like green beans) as well as Lavender. The picture I have posted below was of Thursday Morning when we were harvesting Roses and Calendula, the same regime as last week. I was surprised to learn that it only takes a few hours for Calendula to open fully when exposed to direct sunlight; meaning that if we miss some that are nearly open, chances are that those flowers will be unusable when we come back the next day. If I were to give the Calendula flower a descriptor, it would be “spontaneous.”
This week I harvested calendula and rose on both Tuesday and Thursday. I also harvested mullen alone, while everyone else was brave enough to harvest the stinging nettle (ouch!). I weeded the high tunnel with the main garden crew on Wednesday. This weekend I am scheduled to water, I am reminding myself to do so; lest I feel the wrath of a very disappointed staff.
This common weed goes by many names; you may know it as pigweed, goosefoot, bacon weed, or lambsquarters, as it’s referred to out at UGArden. It is highly adaptable, and actually edible! That being said, its prolific growth was not good for the blackberries!
The other day Pia and I were tasked with squishing all the potato bugs. We found a bunch of eggs under the leaves of the potato plants.
“Nothing’s ever simple,” is a phrase I grew up hearing. It stood true Friday when before we could learn how to mow, we first had to learn to bleed the fuel line. (I hope that’s the right jargon.) Professor Berle sure is a jack of all trades!