Jul 202010
 

Another hot greeting from the farm!

The Lord’s blessing on our garden has continued on throughout this season as bountiful crops are still being harvested! See what’s available now!

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G-Jean and Mom cut off the worm damaged ends of the corn so you don’t have to! : )

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Heirloom sweet corn. This corn isn’t a “super sweet” hybrid variety, but has that good ol’ fashioned corn flavor. This corn is not a GMO variety and hasn’t been sprayed every three days with harsh chemical pesticides to eliminate the corn ear worms, but has been raised naturally. I consider this crop to be the highest quality ears of corn we’ve ever raised. This morning I headed out to the patch and found there to be a lot of corn ready for harvest! There is a plentiful supply ready for purchase today! This produce is all available first come first served so preorder ASAP!

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· Corn is: $2.50 for 4 ears, $6 per dozen or $20 for 5 dozen

· Slicing tomatoes-a diverse mix of mostly heirloom varieties: #1’s $2.00 per lb., 2nds $1.50 per lb. or $1.25 for 20+ lbs.

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· Basil sale! Prices only good for sweet and lettuce leaf type basils this coming Saturday, July 24th and Tuesday July 27th! $6.00 for ½ lb. or $9 per lb.

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There are a few other items available occasionally depending on the harvest:

· Cherry tomatoes

· Blackberries

· Summer squash

It has been amazing to watch how the Lord’s continued the bountiful harvest throughout our growing season this year. It has been about 10 years since we’ve had a year where all the crops produced as well as they have this season. We’ve been blessed with the produce and ability to continue filling CSA shares without a break this season. As pictures of the CSA shares throughout this season have reflected there has been a diverse mix of produce which contents continues to change throughout the year.

Our “apple tree” eggs (mockingbird eggs) have hatched and the little fuzzies are growing fast! Jena can go up and check on the little guys while she’s mowing no problem, but Mom tried to go take a picture and the parents literally dive bombed her so she decided to make a hasty exit!

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Mom left on a trip to visit relatives at a family reunion in Michigan and then drop down to Kentucky and visit Mammaw and Pappaw. She was gone for one week and boy did we miss having her around the farm!

We’ve harvested wonderful harvest of blackberries from our row of Navaho’s which we were doing some experimental pruning on. A few sweet peppers have been harvested, but it appears there may be a heavier fall crop of peppers rather than a large summer crop. Our okra has just started to kick into gear good and looks like there will soon be abundant harvests. While the cherry tomatoes are winding down for the season our slicing tomatoes are loaded and looking great! We have a little over 20 different varieties of tomatoes planted this season with everything from the mainstay red types to pink, yellow, white, striped yellow and red or green and yellow! Many of these tomatoes are heirloom varieties as well. The sweet potatoes are trying to take over the garden now! Maybe it’s not quite that bad, but they certainly are sending runners out everywhere. No, I haven’t finished my mulching project on them yet, but still hope to soon before the weeds get a head start on us again!

Another way we feel very blessed is how the Lord’s protected us from the heavy damaging winds and storms that have moved through the country since our last update. Praise the Lord for His hand of protection. It was interesting to watch one of the storms sweep through as the thunderheads built to the north of the farm. The thunder was rolling forth and huge dark clouds breezed by with our farm just being on the very edge. We received a small amount of rain, but that was about it. Three or four miles north of us we later found out there were high winds which brought down large limbs and a few trees! Further on around Parsons and Dennis I heard they got about 5” of rain from that storm as well and we’d only received about 1/10”!

If you look close in the picture below you can see an ear of corn that’s over the top of my head. This variety, Trucker’s Favorite, has been a lot of fun to grow this season. I’m sure I wasn’t measuring the very tallest, but one of the tallest plants measuring from the top of tassel to the ground was 13 feet!

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Dad has helped me bare fallow a few patches in the garden trying to help control some Johnson grass. That stuff is hard to kill! Suppose I need to go find another breed of hog to root out more of it for me! Keeping a bare fallow means that we continue to shallowly work the soil every so often, especially right before another rain moves through to disturb the weed roots and break up the soil’s crust.

I’m pronouncing the 2010 garlic harvest to finally be finished now. Some of the varieties did very well this season while other’s didn’t appreciate the late mulching last fall and a select group of stubborn weeds trying to take over the patch this spring. It’s a blessing to have that off my mind now though!

Another praise is finishing the potato harvest as well! We were able to harvest the last of our potatoes just ahead of another rain. We are now out of new potatoes and have started putting cured potatoes in the CSA shares now. Our abundant potato crop has been a real blessing this year too. Rinsing the last of the potatoes

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Different locations around the farm seem to have really bad infestations of grasshoppers while other areas don’t seem to be as prone. I haven’t figured out a full explanation except that they seem to enjoy certain varieties of tall weeds and clover. At two separate intervals about two weeks apart I spread some all natural NoLo bait I purchased from Biconet. This pathogen works best on the young stages of grasshoppers and they ingest bran bait which is inoculated with the pathogen. I was very thankful to get both applications done in a timely manner so the hopper pathogens should get to work soon. Here is a link to the NoLo bait if you’d like to read up on it some: http://www.biconet.com/biocontrol/nolo.html

Spreading NoLo bait around the perimeter of the garden area.

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Over all I believe there have been fewer pest problems this season for which I’m thankful for. I’ve heard and read several places that the healthier your soil the healthier the plants (which pass along the healthy nutrition to you) and the less insect pests bother your crop. I have been trying to foliar feed more this season along with having applied a good batch of compost this spring, so there may be some truth in that. Another thing is a cold winter is supposed to kill off some insects and we had one of our coldest winters in several years. Over all though I’ll give the Lord praise for His protection over the crops.

Better hop back to work!

Farmer Josh and the Mitchell crew

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