Sunday, July 3, 2011

Swing into Summer

I am so far behind on my blogging. I have some great pictures to share but no time for the words to go with them.
We are busy harvesting and weeding all the glorious crops we planted in May. We sell at 4 Farmers Markets during the week. We are members of Penns Corners Farm Alliance - a co-op of farmers from western Pennsylvania that supply over 500 CSA members and fine restaurants in Pittsburgh and the surrounding area.
 We received grant money to install a "high tunnel" - just a season extending greenhouse that we don't heat. We use roll up sides for ventilation. The purpose of the high tunnel is to be able to produce vegetables earlier and later in the growing season. We have had great fun with it.

 Once we finally got it ready to plant, we had to decide what to grow. I wanted to mix up the selection so I could see what was simple and successful. We planted 3 types of lettuces, Swiss chard, kohlrabi, zucchini squash, yellow squash, sunburst squash, cucumbers and pickling cukes. We trellised the cukes, installed drip irrigation, and placed an Adirondack chair inside. My cousing Phyllis sat and watched me weed will sipping a glass of vino!!! She is such a morale booster.
It has been like a little garden club house. We are busy with the weeds. Once the lettuce was harvested, we planted a mix of heirloom tomatoes plants that we coerced out of my friend Beth. They look great Beth.
We are busy picking blueberries - it is July you know!!!
Chat soon. Mary