It is late. I started a task that had to be finished- getting the onions set to dry- and now it is almost time to get up again. That was a nice lesson in task timing! Maybe I could have put it off? It didn't feel like it at the time though.
So here is this week in bits and pieces, because that is what I have left:
The seedlings in the greenhouse are gathering their strength. Soon they will be ready to go out to the field. Kale, chard, beets (don't worry there are some already out there making their way, slowly, to our plates), broccoli, fennel, lettuce, spinach, leeks, scallions, maybe other things too! Now all I have to do is make sure we are ready when they are. This means mowing and rototilling, a little hand weeding of the human-sized weeds, battling stones, and probably rototilling again. Then those plants will have a nice bed (hopefully).
Coming up in the field: Daikon, radish, turnip, carrots, salad mix, cilantro, dill... and much more to be seeded. These crops will require an even more attentive bed preparation. It is hard, growing into a plant from a little seed in the big world. I will give them all the help they can get.
In the spring, I planted a lot of onions. Because of that, and several other lucky factors, I have a lot of onions now. Somehow, I have hauled them all out of the field and set them to drying. Two whole truckfulls! It is so filled with onions in the barn, I am going to call it the onion fortress until something changes. They are hanging from the ceiling and on the wall. It looks beautiful in there. There are some as big as Jim's (my husband's) fist. So wild. Get ready for them- not this week but next- big beautiful sweet spanish globe onions. Oh man, I am so excited to eat one of those suckers.
Sweet, succulent melon is here at last. Last week when I wrote that I wouldn't be able to eat it all, I wasn't sure I believed myself. It turns out, luckily for all of our stomachs and sweet teeth, and for Whistling Wolf's bottom line, I cannot eat all of the melon that we have grown. Get ready --- cantaloupe like you have never tasted, and both red and yellow watermelon --- so perfectly ripe they practically pop when you cut it open.
Food list time!
Beets- very limited
A couple cukes...
Flowers (sunflowers too!)
Parsley sage Oregano chives Thyme
Peppers-hot! Still edging towards colorful. but spicey all the same.
Tomatoes: Cherry, salad, and slicers. Heirlooms coming in and looking (and tasting!) delcious.
And new this week!!!!
Melon- Cantaloupe and watermelon. The sweetest you have ever tasted!