Lettuce, chard and mustard

The chard in the greenhouse came out of nowhere. We have four or five kinds of chard and what you see here is Vulcan, with the red stem.  We also have chards with white and yellow stems, but are not sure what variety they are.
We sauteed it and it was delicious.   We also still have lettuce, but have to be careful as it’s getting bitter.

The Southern Giant Curled mustard was a surprise too:
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Jose's hand injury

Back in March Jose cut his hand trying to get a dried paint roller off the paint thingy. He used a 5 in 1 tool and it slipped off the roller and hit his hand.
That’s why you should ALWAYS push AWAY from your body!
I immediately tried to take Jose to nurse Mary in Meadview, but along the way I realized that she’s not always open and we stopped at a neighbor’s house to call. She was out for the week and so we went back home. It wasn’t bad enough for the 60 mile drive to Kingman and a huge doctor’s bill.
First we tried to superglue the wound shut, but Jose kept messing with it and it came apart and finally we took all the glue back off. We found 3 of the strips I still had from my squished finger and that worked quite well.
We tried to buy those strips in Kingman and couldn’t find any. We did stock up on iodine and gauze, etc. Nurse Mary was out of the strips too and eventually they got wet in the shower and didn’t stick anymore.
We definitely HAVE to get some more of those strips because they’re as good as stitches as long as you keep them dry. I’m sure this wasn’t our last injury. If you know where we could order them, please post.
When Jose arrived here a couple years ago he could have been a hand model. That didn’t last very long, with all the physical work around here.
And now his beautiful hand is permanently scarred:

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Our latest Baker Creek order, more zucchini and fall veggies

Our latest order, ready to be picked up at our box in Kingman:

Item Sku Qty Subtotal
New Zealand Spinach SP102 1 $2.50
Zucchino Rampicante (Zucca D’Albenga) SSQ103 1 $2.75
Zucchini Squash – Black Beauty – 1/4 lb SSQ120-E 1 $7.00
Striata D’Italia SSQ110 1 $2.00
Zucchini Squash – Gray SSQ114 1 $2.00
Zucchini Squash – Golden SSQ118 1 $2.00
Thai Bottle Gourd ED101 1 $2.50
Bleu of Solaise LK105 1 $2.25
Carentan Leek LK101 1 $2.00
Giant Musselburgh Leek LK102 1 $2.00
Glory of Enkhuizen Cabbage CB104 1 $2.00
Premium Late Flat Dutch Cabbage – 1 oz CB109-C 1 $4.50
Nero Di Toscana Cabbage CB101 1 $2.50
Tete Noire Cabbage CB113 1 $2.00
Navet des Vertus Marteau TN106 1 $1.75
Red Round TN112 1 $2.50
Golden Globe Turnip TN101 1 $1.50
Purple Top White Globe Turnip TN103 1 $1.50
Rossa Di Treviso Precoce Radicchio RC101 1 $1.50
Rossa di Verona Dragon Radicchio RC103 1 $1.50
Subtotal $48.25
Shipping & Handling $3.00
Grand Total $51.25

I can’t believe we ran out of zucchini seeds. The critters must have eaten more than their fair share!
Our motto:
Plant a lot and plant often! 🙂

Farmers' Almanac June planting schedule

I can’t believe it’s June already!

June 2011
1st-2nd Seeds Planted Now Tend To Rot In The Ground.
3rd-4thPlant Tomatoes, Beans, Peppers, Corn, Cotton, And Other Aboveground Crops On These Most Fruitful Days. Plant Seedbeds And Flower Gardens.
5th-8th Poor Period For Planting. Kill Plant Pests, Clear Fencerows, Clear Land.
9th-11th Favorable For Planting Peas, Beans, Tomatoes, And Other Fall Crops Bearing Yield Aboveground. Sow Grains And Forage Crops. Plant Flowers.
12th-13th Extra Good For Planting Fall Lettuce, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Collards, And Other Leafy Vegetables. All Aboveground Crops Planted Now Will Do Well. Plant Seedbeds.
14th-16th Poor Planting Days. Cut Hay Or Do General Farm Work.
17th-18th Plant Late Beets, Potatoes, Onions, Carrots, And Other Root Crops.
19th-21st Poor Days For Planting. Kill Plant Pests, Spray, Fertilize, Do General Farm Work.
22nd-23rd Favorable Time For Planting Late Root Crops. Also Good For Vine Crops. Set Strawberry Plants. Good Days For Transplanting.
24th-25th Cut Hay Or Do Plowing On These Barren Days.
26th-27th Good Days For Planting Root Crops. Good Days For Transplanting.
28th-29th Seeds Planted Now Tend To Rot In The Ground.
30th Best Day For Planting Root Crops. Excellent For Sowing Seedbeds And Flower Gardens. Good Day For Transplanting.

Our seed orders: Baker Creek, Horizon Herbs and Peaceful Valley

I’ve been wanting to post our seed orders for a long time since people often ask what we grow and it is interesting (shocking?) to see how much money we have spent on seeds.
Since we are determined not to grow any genetically modified plants and we grow entirely organic, we try to purchase our seeds from reputable sources. At least 99% of our seeds are heirlooms so that we can save seeds.
Occasionally we order seeds or plants from other sources because we can’t find them at our regular suppliers. The Hardy Kiwi is an example. I saw it featured at Baker Creek, but they were out of stock when we ordered and I finally found Hardy Kiwi seeds at Amazon and we have just a few tiny seedlings now. As the reviews indicated, they are difficult to germinate, but it’ll be well worth the effort as they will survive our harsh winters.
We also buy and trade seeds and plants locally and occasionally we even buy plants at nurseries, but most most of our seeds come from three sources:
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