Housing drama aside, we had a wonderful week in the organic garden! It's hard to keep track of what we have done . . . so pardon the stream of conscious style haha
We learned how to till and scythe, and visited Will and Judy Stevens's Golden Russet farm to pick up our tomato plants (and admire their flowers and play with Hank and McKenzie, their dogs), we have planted over a hundred tomatoes, some in the hoop house, some in Reemay wraps, some in photo-degradable black plastic film- we'll see what does best, and we'll have plenty of tomatoes to harvest for the dining halls to make their sauces!
We moved Chris Howell's metal 12ish foot tall chair to a more prominent place by the lilac bushes and we plan to use it as a trellis for runner beans and morning glories, and we seeded wild flowers around the base.
The weather dried up enough for us to till and prepare several beds, so we sowed more mesclun and buried some potatoes, and we transplanted the blackberry bushes to let the encroaching raspberry suckers take over that bed. We learned that kelp prevents transplant shock and helps roots grow, and it was funny to smell the ocean in landlocked Vermont . . .
We planted beautiful flowers in the insectaries and alyssum smells like honey and we'll have yellow watermelons!
We picked 6 pounds of volunteer spinach (it wintered over) and sold 3 pounds to Otter Creek Bakery (which means we still have three pounds in our . We met Charlie Sargent, the buyer for the college, and toured the giant's kitchen in Proctor (the scale is incredible!)
We've discussed seed production, the challenges of organic farming, possible futures for the garden . . .
I'll try to get some photos up next week!
with dirty hands and smiles,
the luckiest girls in the world