Posts Tagged ‘gardening’

Tomato

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Heirloom tomatoes…are ripening everywhere, and acorn is rich in them. Our tomatoes are used for seeds, eating, processing, snacking on, etc….and some of the lucky hand selected tomatoes are even fortunate to get their photographs taken by Airy.

Photo by: Airy

Egalitarian Gardening

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

Undulating Hand-Hoed Beds

Our gardens are a tremendous mish-mesh of styles right now. We’re constantly experimenting with how we grow things.

Andy has been forming his raised beds by hand with an eye hoe. Tiny variations in the beds are amplified with each iteration, so we have these gorgeous curves. He’s also planning to irrigate minimally.

Andy’s in the background of the picture, using a scuffle hoe on aisles that barely show weeds – the idea is to break up the surface just as the weeds are germinating, so they never even get a chance to get established.

alliums
River’s garlic and perennial onions, on the other hand, are in beds formed using the bed-maker implement on our tractor. We mulch them all winter long, with our own straw, to keep the moisture in and the weeds out. With all that mulch, they need to be hand-weeded to control the few weeds that do make it through. In the spring, we pull the mulch off and into the aisles.

Strip tillage

Jon’s experimenting with strip tilling and hoeing those strips into hills. I know he wants to write about this so I won’t steal his glory.

It’s so much fun and such an opportunity for all these young innovative gardeners to try different techniques. Everyone has responsibility for different crops, but everybody helps each other out and manages to share the fields and greenhouse spaces with aplomb.

Garden Highlights

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

ImperialStar

I am dumbstruck by the size of these Imperial Star artichoke plants! We’re growing them as annuals – these were started very early this spring in the greenhouse, then transplanted out under row cover. Along with cotton, it’s one of the few things that’s been under row cover this spring.

hyacinth-bean

Andy transplanted out these Purple Hyacinth Beans today. They’re an eighteenth century heirloom flower grown by Thomas Jefferson himself, and they can grow 10-20 feet tall.

hanoverkale

Our Hanover Kale is beautifully in flower! One of the joys of growing things for seed is getting to enjoy the flowers.

Enormous Collard Trials

The collards are enormous! With our spring spinach not yet bolted, we’re overwhelmed by fresh greens. Tonight we ate sauteed Bull’s Blood beet greens with dinner.

No-Till Transplanted Doe Hill Golden Pepper Plants

River’s been busy getting out the peppers and eggplants. These Doe Hill Golden Bell Peppers have been transplanted into an area that was cover-cropped in rye and vetch over the winter, mown, but not tilled.

Summer Planting Season Has Begun

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Here’s the latest spring photo update. I hope everyone else in the Northern Hemisphere is enjoying the start of the growing season as much as we are.

Andy's Chinese-style raised beds and low-resource trellising setup.

Andy’s Chinese-style raised beds and low-resource trellising setup.

A bubbling broth of aerated compost tea

A bubbling broth of aerated compost tea

Hairy Vetch Flowers. We use Hairy Vetch as a nitrogen fixing and weed supressing cover crop.

Hairy Vetch Flowers. We use Hairy Vetch as a nitrogen fixing and weed supressing cover crop.

Mounds for Winter Squash in a strip-tilled plot. (More on strip-tillage in a future post)

Mounds for Winter Squash in a strip-tilled plot. (More on strip-tillage in a future post)

As a gardener for a seed company it is my duty to grow turnips. As communards it is their duty to eat them - I wish!

As a gardener for a seed company it is my duty to grow turnips. As communards it is their duty to eat them – I wish!

Crimson Clover. A visually delightful cover crop.

Crimson Clover. A visually delightful cover crop.

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