Thursday, October 14, 2010

Ventura Forager Fall 2010

looking forward to Fall

Sept. 21st-Dec. 11th

The Fall Harvest: Acorn Squash, Arugula, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celeriac, Celery, Chard, Chinese Broccoli, Chocolate Mint, Cilantro, Collard Greens, Dill, Escarole, Fennel, Gourds, Honey bear & Hubbard Squash, Kabocha Squash, Kale, Kohlrabi, Parsley, Radicchio, Radishes, Salad Mix, Spinach, & Turnips

Field Notes

I learned a lot over the past year. Of all the things I learned…I think succession planting has been the most important. It is easy to forget that the big beautiful plants that we are now eating were planted 6 weeks ago and will be gone in another 3. Last year, I was late planting and by January the fields looked grim. It is important to fill the fields in October and November if you want to have food in February and March; yet, you can’t plant everything at once. This year, I have already planted three plots about a month apart. I also have an additional three plots to plant over the next five weeks. Some of the beds have been direct seeded with arugula, cilantro, dill, lettuce. beets, carrots, fennel, spinach, kale, & chard while other lines are planted with transplants of broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, celery, radicchio etc... . Rabbits! Wow, I have never been plagued by pests the way I was plagued with rabbits. They were devastating. I could hear their little teeth tearing at our vulnerable broccoli. I saw them for the first time through the eyes of Mr. McGregor. After watching far too many rabbit snare videos and zombie walking the fields nightly; we decided a rabbit proof fence was the answer, and it has worked really well so far. I am grateful for the peace of mind…oh and sleep.

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There is plenty of gozo at Rio Gozo Farm. That is JOY in Spanish and joy is one of the most dependable products we have. Gozo is commonly found in gardens and farms. Once you get a little gozo up and going it is very tolerant of most pests, withstands dry periods, and grows with a modicum of fertilizer. After gozo becomes a staple of one's diet, it goes with about anything. Actually folks crave it so much it is a wonder everyone does not have a patch of it growing close at hand. Grab up some gozo and get with the flow.