What a Difference a Year Makes

This time last year we were moving in and trying not to miss the growing season.  We had this one plot about 25 x 40 feet and crammed everything we could into it, tomatoes, potatoes, corn, sunflowers, herbs, etc  and I put in some Nasturtiums for colour and to attract bees.  Simply put, harvesting was a challenge.

We now have 4 plots of the same size plus a couple of strawberry bed and a mixed herb and perennial bed. We kept the original plot for root crops, greens, peas and beans.  One of the new plots is devoted to potatoes, (next one over) the next to peppers and tomatoes (next one up) and the last for cucumbers, squash, and pumpkins.  We’ve had an interesting Spring so far with the temperature on March 28th being the same in this area as it was in Miami.  The maple syrup ‘sugar shack’ visitors were going out in shorts and flip flops for the first time.  The next little while went up and down in temperature but not much in the way of rain.

The tomatoes are pretty scrawny and going into June things didn’t look too promising but with recent rains (1.5 inches in 24 hours according to my gauge) and now some heat, things should pick up.  At the moment we have lettuce, spinach, arugula, kale, radishes as well as greens from the beets and rutabagas.  Farm gate sales (fresh picked) by chance or by appointment:   613-275-9901.