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June Wax BeanMy goodness there is a lot going on at Arcadia Farms! Here’s a little update on what we’ve been up to:

  • The fence line garden bed (200 square feet) has been installed and has all kinds of great things growing in it: Tomatoes, lettuce, onions, beans, cucumbers, melons, zucchini, summer squash, radishes, leeks, scallions and zinnias.
  • Three additional beds (48 square feet each) have been added to the main garden but have not yet been planted since we need to extend the fence around them. (No sense in going to all that work just to feed our seedlings to the bunnies and the deer!)
  • Speaking of seedlings, we’re overflowing with zucchini, summer squash, winter squash, melons and tomatoes. Just waiting for that fence (hopefully this weekend) and trying to keep them happy until then.
  • The spring plants are making way for their summer counterparts. Yesterday I pulled up all of the spinach plants which had long since bolted. Supposedly the spinach is too bitter to eat after bolting (flowering) but I think it still tastes great. I picked every last leaf and, in the spirit of ‘no waste’, I am going to try my hand at either canning or freezing it. If any of you have experience with canning or freezing spinach, I would love it if you’d share some tips with me in the comments section below! I’ve also transplanted some young squash in among lettuces which are on their way out the door. Aaaand I transplanted a few tiny lettuce that weren’t growing well in the heat to smaller pots on my shady, cooler front porch. They’ll be so pretty – pictures to come!

    New tomatoes are also going into the main garden. And things like Broccoli (which had a low yield this year), cabbage, turnips and radishes will likely come out completely after next week’s harvest.

  • Speaking of radishes, I’ve purposely let some go to seed because I discovered that the seed pods are edible. We’re probably a week or two away from a harvest of radish “peas.” If any of you members are interested in trying them out, please let me know. If we like them, we’ll have more for the summer as I’ve already planted some more radishes in anticipation.
  • I’m still struggling to keep our dogs (Daisy and Marley) from digging in the fence line bed. Marley seems fond of destroying the onions and daisy likes to dig up the beans. [Insert frustrated grunt here.] Strong fishing line boundaries and blackberry thorns apparently weren’t enough to keep them at bay. So we’re resorting to the inevitable – and underground, electric fence. (Like there aren’t already enough projects yet to be done…)
  • And speaking of projects, there are several we could use your help with. Please check out our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ArcadiaCSA) for details.

Hope you’re all enjoying the slightly cooler but still amazing weather we’ve been having. Happy June!

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