Plan for the worst, hope for the best

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.

But then, with hot days and misty foggy dank mornings, powdery mildew descended upon our large onion crop.

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.

We’ll be processing the damaged potatoes into yummy buttery mashed tatties and freezing them, and the dried onion will go nicely in soups and casseroles.

Our other crops are enjoying this warm weather – corn, squash, tomatoes & peppers are growing gangbusters!

Katie’s corral is nearing completion, just in time for the next few projects… The crew was more interested in goofing off than helping though.

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1 thought on “Plan for the worst, hope for the best”

  1. Today, I went to the beach front with my kids.
    I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She placed the shell to her
    ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her
    ear. She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is entirely off topic but I had to tell
    someone!

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