Veggie Musings

May Moments

After an unusually warm and dry late winter we had a cool, foggy, and windy spring without any heatwaves. In the past several seasons I've been here, there have always been little episodes of summer-like heat as early as March, but we haven't had anything of the sort. The el nino pattern has been strengthening [...]

By | 2018-03-31T15:32:07+00:00 June 4th, 2015|Earthworker Farm, Veggie Musings|2 Comments

Early Spring Pre-Abundance

Its been a while since I've been at market because I'm working really hard on planting and farm projects, but the extra day of field work is making a big difference. Here is a play by play superbowl recap of the weather over the past few months and how it has affected production: 1. plantings [...]

By | 2018-03-31T15:32:08+00:00 January 31st, 2015|Earthworker Farm, Veggie Musings|Comments Off on Early Spring Pre-Abundance

Crazy Rains and Yacon Harvest

The rains were very late this year. After the dry season, I wait for the first rains of fall to soak the ground, which allow me to fork, hoe, and plant it for winter. Because of the drought and water uncertainty, I've tried to keep irrigation to a minimum and so about half of the [...]

By | 2018-03-31T15:32:08+00:00 December 19th, 2014|Earthworker Farm, Veggie Musings|Comments Off on Crazy Rains and Yacon Harvest

Rain Event

A good soaking rain is a critical event and preparedness can possibly affect the outcome of the entire season when it comes to cover crop timing. Some of my farming practices revolve around the timing of rain, such as: Compost: Cover it up if it has enough moisture to prevent nutrients from leaching out. Leave [...]

By | 2018-03-31T15:32:08+00:00 December 3rd, 2014|Earthworker Farm, Uncategorized, Veggie Musings|Comments Off on Rain Event

Final Prodcts and Some Performers from the Ground Circus

Leek grass and cilantro with the cooling succulence of the ice plant Miniature Japanese variety Mini-butterhead hearts (it takes a butter head to grow one), purple orach, chickweed, tiny tatsoi Arugula and exciting new comer to the greens lineup, wrinkle crinkle cress Used to make closely [...]

By | 2018-03-31T15:32:08+00:00 November 19th, 2014|Earthworker Farm, Veggie Musings|Comments Off on Final Prodcts and Some Performers from the Ground Circus

2/14 dirt lust

I've always been fascinated by the juxtaposition of blood and plants. Hemoglobin, the molecule responsible for transporting oxygen in our blood and chlorophyll, the pigment in plants that absorbs photons for their conversion to chemical energy are nearly identical in structure with the exception that chlorophyll has magnesium in its center and hemoglobin has iron [...]

By | 2016-03-04T13:49:37+00:00 February 14th, 2014|Earthworker Farm, Veggie Musings|Comments Off on 2/14 dirt lust

Seed Saving: Variegated Miners Lettuce

Every year in the fall, the dormant seed bank of miners lettuce in the fields is activated due to the moisture of the soil, shorter days, and cooler temperatures, which triggers the eruption of a green carpet of these edible native salad greens. Aptly named, legend has it that gold miners sought out these greens [...]

By | 2018-03-31T15:32:08+00:00 February 13th, 2014|Earthworker Farm, Veggie Musings, Veggie Usings|Comments Off on Seed Saving: Variegated Miners Lettuce

Super Bowl Fourty-Ain’t-Worth-Watching and a Multi-Course Meteorological Feast

The epic failing of consumerism and media entertainment which kicked off with the grammys and culminated in super bowl fourty-aint-worth-watching created so much atmospheric chaos that the jet stream finally shifted and brought us 10 days of desperately needed rain. Over the past few days, we have benefited greatly from a massive rain serpent stretching [...]

By | 2016-03-04T13:49:37+00:00 February 11th, 2014|Earthworker Farm, Veggie Musings|Comments Off on Super Bowl Fourty-Ain’t-Worth-Watching and a Multi-Course Meteorological Feast