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Winning the weed war

It’s been a tough year as far as weed control, with frequent heavy rains making cultivation difficult.  And even when the soil is dry enough for tractor work, mechanical cultivation is much less effective in wet soil.  You can knock the weeds around all day long with the tractor, but they just re-root in the mud.  However, I’m pleased to say that we are winning the war, even when many farms are experiencing a “total breakdown in weed control” according to UMASS Extension.  With weekly cultivation on the Farmall Cub, and some (and then some more) dedicated hand-weeding by Paul and volunteer Jessica, things are looking pretty darn good if you ask me.

There’s a bunch of new stuff coming out of the garden, so check the website.  We’ve just started picking cukes and basil – how about a cucumber/basil/yogurt salad for a hot summer evening?

Coming soon:  Carrots!  Ground beef!

Coming soon-ish:  Tomatoes, peppers, and more.

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Green things growing

We are still in the mud (and the weeds) in the garden.  The soil has been either very wet or completely saturated since the beginning of June.  Some things are suffering (poor beets, where are your roots?), but other things look fantastic.  Amazing lettuce and arugula, and the tomato plants are almost glowing green.  Either way, many things seem to be running a bit behind, but the forecast is for fine weather and that’s fine with me!

I’m still a man without an office, which means no website updates until the beginning of next week.  But there’s new stuff in the garden – scallions, arugula, radishes, chard – so just make a note with your order when you submit it.  Things should be back on track soon with the website.