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Garden: Before and After

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When you ignore the garden for a week just to light a big giant bonfire there may be hell to pay.

BEFORE

So many weeds. So much grass. So few vegetables.

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AFTER

Well, this is the horses actually

Well, this is the horses actually

About 6 hours of weeding later, the garden looks better

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And what do we get for our efforts so far? One tomato (delicious), two zucchini, one summer squash, and two jalapeño peppers. Lots more to come.

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Being outside in the summer sun is an excellent break from poking plastic keys.

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Farmer Craig’s Spread (Greenview Farm): No Okra In Sight

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One of these things is not like the other

One of these things is not like the other

I drove my awful Chevy Cruze rental car (who makes these things?!) down to visit farmer Craig’s organic vegetable farm operation in Rhode Island. The place is called Greenview Farm. Craig is a dear old college friend who started farming full time 20 years ago and never looked back. He has about 20 acres in cultivation now, rotating crops, building up the soil, and generally leaving the land in way better shape than it started in. His produce has a reputation for excellence and his business is thriving.

Impressive. Craig and Emily are utterly dedicated to what they’re doing. The addition of three monkeys to the equation is leading to the usual loving chaos.

Farmer Craig, aka Mr Okra aka Dr Feelgood

Farmer Craig, aka Mr Okra aka Dr Feelgood

The first greenhouse is about to get a new floor

The first greenhouse is about to get a new floor

Amazing to see this on November 18!

Amazing to see this on November 18!

Hearty broccoli.  Mine never looks this good.

Hearty broccoli. Mine never looks this good.

Yeah, I know, Kale.

Yeah, I know, Kale.

Gorgeous rich topsoil

Gorgeous rich topsoil

Cover crop of oats and peas will be plowed under in the Spring

Cover crop of oats and peas will be plowed under in the Spring

Winter crops still going

Winter crops still going

Keep em covered

Keep em covered

Seats two hippies

Seats two hippies

Finally some rain

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August was very dry in Virginia. The garden, which was as prolific as ever through July, pretty much stopped in its tracks. Corn stopped plumping up. Tomato plants withered in the 90 degree heat. Only the hot peppers thrived.

Finally a soaking rain today.

Horses

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It’s not all just art and music around here. In fact, there were more horses this weekend than anything else.

Willie cam

Willie cam

Riding around the garden, again?!

Riding around the garden, again?!

Willie cam.  Paloma, Puck, and Amy.

Willie cam. Paloma, Puck, and Amy.

Who's that?

Who’s that?

Paloma and Amy

Paloma and Amy

Shenandoah Valley

Shenandoah Valley

Plan. Implement.

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The best laid plans.

Implemented (now with more vegetables and minor improvements!)

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Jalapeños with ghost pepper pollen, fermenting * Hot hot Hot

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don't inhale too hard.

don’t inhale too hard.

Last Batch

Last Batch

Fall

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Fall walk.

From the enclave

From the enclave

At the end

At the end

During

During

Back home

Back home

And around

And around

Slim pickings 10/8

Slim pickings 10/8

Makes you hungry for beef stew and fresh bread.

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