|St Valery carrots from GFF|
In any event, we dug carrots - and now both of us are tired. But, this gives me a chance to address a question asked of us last week. Why do we have Jeff grow carrots when we are also growing carrots?
The simple answer is this: Our farm's soil tends to make it difficult to get early crops in. Jeff, on the other hand, is extremely good at early carrots and beets. So, he plants the early crop and we plant a later crop. But, we have found that even a later crop of carrots at GFF has been sporadic. So, when we hit the jackpot with carrots at GFF, our agreement with Jeff results in our farm share members getting lots of wonderful carrots with different looks and somewhat different tastes. And, there it is in a nutshell....or perhaps in the carrot greens. Whatever.
We had a spectacular show of lightning on the evening of October 4. I was encouraged to try the camera. I haven't done much with night time shots, nor was a willing to set up a tripod, etc. But, the picture below does give an idea of the activity.
|A blurry, but wonderful, picture of lightning|
Speaking of weather - we had our first frost of the Fall this morning (Oct 13). We are so pleased that it waited this long. We are not so happy that it snuck up on us. Our currently short-handed weather service (NOAA) didn't put a warning or watch our for us (they did for NW Iowa) and I'm afraid we let that lull us. Both Tammy and I saw signs that it might happen. So, it's our fault for relying on other things other than our senses. Or, more important, we know we should use all of our tools rather than limit our opportunities to observe.
|Sweet Genovese Basil|
Crops that handle the cold well include the brassica family. If you hear us refer to "brassica," we are indicating plants like broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage and romanesco. Yes. Romanesco.
|Romanesco ready for the CSA|
It's great meals like this that remind why we work on the farm. It also reminds me of why we keep learning and keep trying to improve the tools in our tool box. One of those tools was the Williams Tool Bar we purchased this Spring.
|The farmer acting like he knows what he is doing.|
It has been very nice having a decent fence for the laying hens this Fall. It really makes things much easier to deal with. This is especially true with the gates we have (thank you Tyler).
|Tyler stuck with the chickens. We told him to put the latch where he could get it.|
And then, I found this neat picture of our raised beds when the swiss chard and marigolds were but wee little things. I am beginning to see even more wisdom in putting marigolds by swiss chard as I watch how clean the chard is. No thrips damage. Hmmmm. It may also be timing, but I have other chard in other locations that have much more damage on their leaves than these do.
|Swiss chard and marigolds in the first raised bed.|
And, therein lies the challenge. Is it the marigolds or is it some other variable? Sounds like I may have to do a little experiment next year, doesn't it?