We have the young plants organically grown for us by Headstart Nursery in Gilroy. They do a superb job. With this hot weather we have to keep them very wet. Soon we will install hoops over the beds with a light shade cloth to protect them from the extreme heat of July and August. These will be ready to harvest for our Thanksgiving Eatwell Boxes.
This year we have planted the celery much closer together to encourage a more upright plant. We will also push up soil against the plant to help with this.
The celeriac will be ready for our Festivus Box.
It is that time of the year again, the lavender fields are in bloom. We will be harvesting on Thursday to dry bunches to sell during the winter. On Friday we harvest to take to the market this Saturday. The variety in this picture is Grosso. It is the best for drying as it holds it color and its flowers the best of all.
Andrew and Eric were asked by their father to stand in the field. They will be thirteen in a couple of weeks and seem to be growing by the day.
Several years ago we got together with other CSA farms on our block (farm block being described a 50 + mile area) to order plastic crates. We each were able to have our name printed on to them. As we ordered a truck load we got a good price.
As there is always an exchange of produce between farm and our crates do tend to accumulate on other farms. Last week we took Riverdog Crates to exchange with Brian for ours that they had. The exchange went peacefully with no incidents.
Everyone had two baskets of strawberries in their box last week as production increased. We have as our main variety Albion which likes the heat. It has not done well with the cool weather this spring. Now it is in heaven.
We pick early in the morning, around 8 am, after we have the lettuce and the spinach in the cooler. The strawberries need time to cool before we place paper bags around the baskets to protect them.
The shade cloth with protect the plants from the intense rays of the sun.
As our farmhouse will be buried under 2,000 cubic yards of soil we have to make sure that it does not leak. The first action is to place a drain around the perimeter. This consisted of a 3" drain pipe with a sock around it covered in 3/4" rock. Any water that flows off the waterproofing will be carried away in this drain.
Next week we will start applying the water proof material. It should take us about ten days. We have to have it all ready for July 4th weekend when the earth moving equipment arrive to bury the house.