Saturday Garden Journal

My photos cannot come close to Ginny’s over at Small Things, but here’s my contribution to this weekend’s garden journal:

L’Homme has been planting, planting, planting, and watering and cultivating like a busy bee.  He says this weekend is the last one for planting.  He has put in collards, kale, turnips, salad mix, radishes, beets, carrots, arugula, green onions, broccoli, spinach, broccoli raab, mustard greens, chard, bok choy, endive, escarole, and cilantro.

L’Homme gets a little help from a garden intern and the intern’s faithful bodyguard, Perky.  Here she’s watering bok choy seedlings.

The garden intern dresses quite formally, like Sleeping Beauty

And the harvesting has begun!

L’Homme harvesting kale

We’ve been eating kale and arugula this weekend. Great crops of both, but this particular row of kale had lots of aphids, so L’Homme cut the whole row down to the base of the leaves (the growth point) to try to get those little buggers out of there and hopefully get a second growth on the plants that will be relatively aphid-free. The colder temps will probably help make that happen.

You might be saying, “Dang!  That’s a lot of green leafy vegetables for one small (2 adults, 1 munchkin) family.”  You’d be right.  We are market gardeners — the bulk of our harvests go to the lovely restaurant 61 Main in Jasper, Georgia.  And a lot goes to individual customers who come out to the farm to buy from us.  (If you ate at 61 Main this week and you had kale, arugula, tomatoes or basil, you ate our vegetables.)

In addition to these first fall vegetables coming in, we are still picking Juliet tomatoes and basil from the summer garden–enough of those to sell.  We have a few Celebrity tomatoes still hanging on, but just enough for our household, and we are enjoying them on bagels, grilled cheese, in salads.

Gotta love tomato plants that are still producing nice food in October

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In the beginning . . . .

Oh, the pressure of the first blog post.  I’ve been writing entries for months in my head, but now I’ve finally gone and done it and actually started this little sucker up.

We are myself (Lisa), my husband (L’Homme) and our daughter (L’Oiseau).  There’s also a maniacal cat (Biscuit) and a dog that’s almost too mellow (Popcorn).  Yes, I do realize that I’ve named my pets after food.  If you keep reading this blog, you’ll soon see that was no accident.  Food occupies a central role around here.

The supporting roles are filled by organic market gardening, child-rearing, knitting, crafting, etc., etc.

More later about what is going into the garden right now.  That’s right, I said what’s going in, even though most gardeners around here (southeastern United States) are taking more out at this time of year.  We reverse the seasons here at Etc. Farms — we grow only for ourselves in the summer months and do most of our growing and selling during the Fall-Winter-Spring.  So, more later about what we are planting.

Thanks for reading!