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Field Notes: Volume 16, Number 20

This Week’s Harvest

  1. Garlic

  2. Onions

  3. Peppers

  4. Beans

  5. Radishes

  6. Tomatoes

  7. Fennel Fronds

  8. Winter Squash (Delicata and Acorn)

By Courtney Buchholtz

I once again find myself looking out of the window at the raindrops falling from the sky. Fortunately for us, they seem sparse—or so I keep telling myself! We have managed to get a few late transplants into the ground this week, to finish off the fall crops. How sweet it is not to have anything to water anymore during the day. We spent some time this week “harvesting” harlequin bugs into pails of soapy water in an attempt to combat their efforts to munch on the fall brassicas. I am not sure who won the contest—Jose, Colette, or me—but I assure you, we all gave it our best effort. On a small scale, hand picking pests can be rather effective over continuous spraying, and a bit of a game should you choose to make it one.

From the Fields: The potatoes you saw this last week will unfortunately be the last. Half of the remaining bed we had to harvest was rotted due to all of the moisture we have seen in recent weeks. Savor those last few bites! We will also say goodbye to the tomatoes. I am sad to see them go, as we had anticipated harvesting them through September, but I’m sure most of you would agree that there has been an abundance of them this season; maybe it is best to move on. We are doing our best to keep the weeds at bay. A little sunshine would go a long way toward helping us dry out, and would allow for better cultivation. Some work on the carrots and rutabagas is in store, which should help them size up in the days to come. The lettuces and beets remain untouched by the geese that occasionally visit the fields and seem to be enjoying the cooler weather. Now f