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August Cornucopia posted on August 03, 2008


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The end of July and the beginning of August is when the garden really starts to produce. We are harvesting potatoes, beans, artichokes, zucchini, tomatoes, shallots, onions, garlic, broccoli, beets, rutabagas, strawberries and still some lettuce.The cool and wet June, not unusual in this part of the world, delayed some crops but now the in the heat of  full summer all is forgotten. Beans and zucchini should be checked every day as they go from perfect to over-ripe in a very short time. 
 We dug in three yards of sheep manure in the kitchen garden this spring and it really shows. In the upper fields where the 100 foot rows of strawberries grow we are still relying on the bounty of nature as this ground had never been tilled before we broke the soil. A soil analysis showed that all nutrients were available in sufficient quantities. As a result this field has never been fertilized with anything. Of course we use no pesticides or other chemical products. These strawberries are truly "organic and natural". Of course you can't just take from the soil and give nothing back. Next year we will start a 4 year rotation of cover crops and perhaps free run chickens.
 Water for irrigation is a problem at this time of the year. We have to be careful with water use as our well does not produce unlimited quantities. We use drip and soaker hoses to minimise wasted water. We also water in the evening and during the night to reduce evaporation.



Older Entries

August 03, 2008 August Cornucopia
March 02, 2008 Spring 08
May 04, 2007 New sheep for spring
December 04, 2006 Winter comes early
August 30, 2006 Harvest Time
May 29, 2006 Spring 2006
February 03, 2006 Wet and Windy Winter
December 04, 2005 Getting ready for winter
July 27, 2005 Summer's Here
May 31, 2005 Spring Planting
March 20, 2005 Almost Spring on Salt Spring Island
March 12, 2005 Salt Spring Island in Winter



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