With the heat of recent days it may not seem that autumn is near but the first signs are there. A slight tinge of yellowness on the early changing trees. The receding daylight. The grasses and wildflowers making seeds before it is too late. It also means days where I might have a frost in the morning (meaning I have to wait to harvest) with the temperature quickly rising to 90+ by noon. This makes it hard to harvest veggies and get them processed before they heat up too much so it is a very light veggie week (there will be much more next week as radishes, lettuce, arugula, spinach, and more are just getting ready). But the heat really brings on the flowers and if you don't grab them when they are ready, that same heat makes them fade all too soon. This week I have many, many flowers and the first of the fruits (summer squash and possibly a box or two of tomatoes :) ) A few big projects were completed (widening the fence line & insulating the trailer). As they get crossed off the list, more things get moved up and the planning for the end of harvest and fall cleanup begins.
High Tunnels!!! In farmer-speak these are Caterpillar High Tunnels. Just like the little tunnels that I use on individual rows but bigger. They can cover 4 rows and I can walk into them! There are two here, each my 50ft bed length. They will make growing and harvesting in a place where I get frosts all throughout the year much easier! Now I just need to get to work assembling them, but first I need to prep the new ground.
What's available this weekend?