Saturday, September 11, 2010

Hereford Garden Almanac

11 September 2010

This is a weekly update on Hereford mini-farm happenings.

Just when I thought we were free and clear of our animal prowlers with all the activity that accompanies the return of the students, we caught a ground hog in the act of pigging out on our tender parsnips (they look like carrots but are pale in color and have a strong flavor that many dislike). To add insult to injury, when we chased the hog away, a squirrel come over to nibble. Arrgh! Perhaps we need to look at caging in greens like carrots, parsnips, lettuce, spinach, etc.

On Thursday, we saw the movie Fresh. It was very inspirational. It portrayed a very broken food system and presented some ways to grow and deliver fresh healthy food to peoples tables.

We are struggling to keep everything watered. The cool fall weather is upon us, but it’s still very dry

Remember that we have a work day tomorrow (Sunday, 9/12) from 2:30 – 4:30, and the first or our regular weekly meetings on Monday at 6:00 at our place.

We met with a husband and wife team who are planning a bicycle garden tour of about 5 local gardens. The Hereford Mini-Farm garden is on the tour list. They will be stopping by mid-afternoon on Sunday, 10/3. They will be at our garden for about a half hour. We can give the folks a tour, explain our philosophy, and plug our activities. This will be a great incentive to get our garden in shape.

We have been cleaning beds of their summer crops, enriching the beds with compost, and planting fall crops.

At our work day, we want to continue cleaning beds and planting a variety of fall crops such as:
• Turnips
• Kale
• Beets
• Beans
• Parsnips
• Collards
• Spinach
• Sugar Snaps
• Swiss Chard
• Water Cress

-Jim Durand

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