Monday, June 13, 2011

June 13, 2011

A friend once told me he had an answer to the world food shortage:  zucchini!  Most people plant too much, but then summer wouldn't be summer without neighbors passing zucchini over the fence.  Our family enjoys a recipe in which lasagna pasta is substituted with thinly-sliced zucchini strips:  recipe post coming soon.

Summer berries are rolling in, enough to fill not just our pies and tarts, but our freezer, too.  Our 20-month-old discovered blueberries this year, and we may need to set an armed guard if we want to keep the supply coming!

Part of the weekend was spent hilling sweet corn; set #1 is chest-high, and tassels are growing out of the crowns.  We are impressed with how the soil quality has improved since growing and tilling under red clover in preparation for corn.  Proof is in the product, and corn plants are shooting up thick and green in this warm and humid weather.  Efforts to give it some added stability were immediately appreciated as a summer thunderstorm blew through with straight-line winds.  Over the weekend we received more than 2 inches of rain.

In harvest now…

-dill, basil, other herbs
-green beans
-red raspberries
-sweet bell peppers

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Dedicated to the responsible production and preservation of healthy home-grown food to the glory of God. Isaiah 55:10 The rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater. Organic, or not? We try to raise vegetables organically, using compost and manure. The addition of chickens to our hobby farm means plenty of organic nitrogen to compost! This site gives credible reference to planting information contained in the Farmer's Almanac (