Transitioning from spring to summer crops

The Latest Harvest, 6/10/11

Reflecting upon the last 2 months since I started my first community garden at the church, I thought it might be a good time to take stock of my progress.  I have had several bunches of radishes and Swiss chard from the church gardens I started at the end of March.  While I had some beautiful broccoli transplants started from seed, I have only gotten a couple of very small stems and actually had to throw one away last night because it had turned yellow in the refrigerator.  I had a reasonable harvest of small onions.  By the time the spinach was ready  to harvest, it had gone to seed.  I can definitely say that there’s no way we could have survived on the small quantity of food that I have raised.  However, I’m not ready to throw in the towel just yet.  I have realized that perhaps the square foot approach isn’t the best for our needs; perhaps short rows would work better.  I also think the spacing between my plants is too close.  I’m still holding out hope that I’ll have a reasonable harvest of beans, potatoes and tomatoes.  We’ll see.  I am glad that I have the farmers markets to fall back on and that I’m not depending on the production of my vegetable beds to feed us.  I’m afraid we would be pretty hungry about now.  I did have a conversation with Pat at the Ellisville Farmers Market who mentioned that since she no longer has a half acre garden, she buys produce, usually at  Theis Farm, and cans it.  I guess I can do that as a last resort.   And there’s always the option of visiting a “u pick it” farm.  Sounds like a field trip in the making and subject for another post.

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2 responses to “Transitioning from spring to summer crops

  1. I love your transparency… it sounds like your spring weather was all over the map! Keep on trying! With your determination, grit, and know-how.. you will get alot of success. Our growing season is so short, I planted cherry tomatoes and a ‘pineapple” tomato plant… using fish emulsion… the crows come around to fish and they drive us crazy.. The plants are growing, but will see if they are any good and make me remember tomatoes of old..
    Cheers for your produce!

    • Thanks Susie! Good luck with your tomato plants and keeping the birds from going after fish emulsion. I hadn’t even thought of that. I did use some Gro-Tone in pots here on the deck and had a time keeping our dog from digging in them. Right now she’s gorging on cicadas – can’t even get her to walk without stopping every step to gulp one. I keep thinking she’ll get satiated, but then she is a chocolate lab. :o)

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