It’s been a challenging harvest this season. With hot humid blight-inducing weather, paycheck job requirements, and the grief of losing a family member, Seven Trees Farm has been in a dither recently.
Our potatoes got the blight, so we coped by cutting off infected foliage, giving the spuds time to mature a little and cure underground. Waiting to dig them also allowed the blight spores to die off during the hot, dry days. We ended up harvesting about 300# of potatoes from 15# of seed spuds. Not too shabby.
This disease will eventually travel down the foliage and into the bulbs, preventing us from being able to harvest our usual 200-300# of storage onions (our 2010 crop has lasted to August 2011). The only remedy is to pull them for dehydration before the cooties get any further entrenched.
Our other crops are enjoying this warm weather – corn, squash, tomatoes & peppers are growing gangbusters!