After all of the frustration and HARD WORK of getting the garden in, finally we are harvesting a lot of food! Our CSA members are very happy. They get at least $12 worth of fresh organic produce each week for $10 (they sign up for 13 weeks of deliveries), and lately they have been getting closer to $15 worth! We have so much, and I would rather give them all a bit more than take it in to the market and take my chances on it selling.
The potatoes, oh the potatoes. How I wish I could eat them, but they are so high in carbs that I treat myself to a small potato maybe once or twice a week. Someone told me that blue potatoes have fewer carbs and more nutrition. I guess that is why I am just about out of them already. Everything Kayla and I dig is gone by the end of the week - if it is a blue potato, that is. Next year, there will be two full rows of blue potatoes.
My beans didn't do at all well. We are expanding the garden, and they are in the new area. The poor production there certainly shows how much we have improved the old garden area. Things do not grow very well in the new parts. We didn't plant much of the new area this year because we knew it wouldn't be that good, but we really needed the room. In an effort to get the new area up to speed, we are doing some special prep work. Most of it is still grass, with just a few areas planted - beans, squash and melons being about all that went in there. We just mowed the grass low, and I am going to sprinkle it with SeaAgra sea salt, then sprinkle the area with about 50% of our composted manure, then cover the whole area with tarps. Hopefully, when we pull up those tarps next spring, the grass will be composted and the salt will have worked its way down into the soil, along with that biodynamic compost. Next year, I have high hopes for the new part of the garden.
We can no longer use anything for mulch that is not certified organic. That is a new rule as of April 1, 2011. I think it is a good rule. However, my garden is getting so big that I will not be able to mulch using the leftover hay from the hay mow and grass clippings from lawn mowing. Buying organic straw is cost prohibitive. So we are going to have to do a "normal" garden next year, tilling between the rows where we used to mulch. We will use our precious organic grass clippings to mulch around the potatoes and tomatoes. The rest of it, get out the hoes. Sigh . . .
Well, I'm just finishing up a new batch of Cheddar cheese, and it's time to wander out to the garden to see what looks good for supper. Now that is what I call a SUPER market!!