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Garden in transition

Garden in transition

The weather is warm, the days still feel long (although, at 5:00 a.m. for Saturday market, I’m already waking up in the dark)—summer is in full effect, but you know the season’s soon changing because the field is clearing out. Today, I did some tilling, cleaning up before weeds get too established, and preparing for a last seeding of spinach for fall harvest (a gamble, for sure).

In the pic, a couple more passes to the left of the freshly turned strip and we’ll be at the edge of the previous spinach planting, barely visible, seeded about 3 weeks ago. To the left of that, a half-bed of bok choi, delicious and miraculously untouched by flea beetles, at tiny baby stage from seedlings transplanted at the beginning of the month. Beside the bok choi, beds of broccoli and cauliflower, also set out 4 weeks ago, and looking pretty good for harvest in October.

This section was planted out at the start of the season to snap peas, lettuce, and the first spinach. After adding in some of the handy pelletized alfalfa, it gets to go round again!

In the next section (top right of the photo, which is…east), I’ve started tilling in an overgrowth of grass and vetch, where more peas and the first plot of potatoes used to be. That section is done for the year, and may get a protective cover of fall rye, as a green manure to be turned under in spring.

In the market garden, it’s always one thing after another… :)



  1. One of the nice thing to do is to turn back just a second for a final look while walking home. That picture is about that….. Nice… ~bangchik

  2. Would you take a picture of those wooden structures in the upper left?  They look interesting and I can’t guess what they are.

  3. Nice photo, I don’t think I have seen an over view of the new tiny farm until now. Good luck with your late planting. I to have planted many of the same things around the same time. All be it I have to deal with a lower sun shading against houses, hedges and trees. I need a field with no shading obstacles!

  4. In a totally off-topic and random comment sort of way, I just want to say that your photos and written entries are often the highlight of my morning read.  I long to get back to my garden.   Your beautifully crafted blog helps assuage that desire.  Carry on while many of us do the same … vicariously!

  5. The wood structures appear to be trellises of some sort!  Nice looking ones at that!

    On another note, that soil makes me green with envy.  The soil I deal with is just sand covering more sand.  I either have to use a raised bed or heavily amend my soil!

    The tiny farm is looking nice!

  6. paul godfrey

    My name is Paul Godfrey and I have been producing my own foods for many years now, I grow herbs and vegetables, keep poultry for eggs and for the table and keep sheep and pigs for all kinds of wonderful produce. I would like to share my adventures with others so have started a website.

  7. John Andre from NORWAY

    You girls are so beautiful, i love how you work the farm. Your blog is simply fantastic. Keep up the good work.

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