what’s in the works

Harvest info & market news – heading to Pearisburg

Hi, all. Here is the run down of things that are being harvested right now, things that are coming in, and of things that are going out…..

Items like head and leaf lettuces are peaking. It is likely that I will have a small gap until new sowings come in. I’ve yet to master my timing with these delicate things as Mother Nature seems to get a little feisty now and again, throwing off my exacting calendar.

Rain summary

Rain summary

Look at that breakdown of all the rain we’ve had over the years (click on the picture to view a larger image). 2013 was the worst. 2012 was the best growing season for us (We had just broken ground. The weather was generally good for that hodgepodge garden. It tricked us into thinking we could really master the market garden)! Mother Nature really affects the timing of things for a part-time farmer.

Anyway…these things are in full harvest: broccoli, kales, new potatoes, onions, chard, perpetual spinach. These things are coming in (harvest will be increasing each day/week): squashes, beans, tomatoes, peppers (hot & bells), cabbages.



Things I still need to check: cucumbers and beets (beets were getting close last I checked).

These items are ending this week: kohlrabi, turnips (without greens).

These things are finished until fall (if I can get plantings in): radishes, turnips, collards, Asian greens, kohlrabi.

As for market news, Jordan and I took a road trip to Pearisburg on Saturday to check out their new community market. They’ve asked us to join their ranks, and we have decided to give it a try. This market has a great community feel to it. It is that sense of community that we love so much at the Pulaski Market. So, instead of setting up shop at the South Main market in Blacksburg, we are moving our tables to the front lawn of the Pearisburg Community Center on Saturday mornings, starting July 18th. This market runs from 9-2 on Saturdays, but we still will harvest the morning of market, so it is highly likely our arrival to Pearisburg will be around 11. We’ll keep you posted on Facebook.



Just got a song in my head and cannot get rid of it…which in most cases can be annoying, but in this case, I really don’t mind. It’s one of my favorite songs; fully of alliteration.

It came to me while I sat noshing on my dinner at my desk, gazing out the window. Rhythmic beats of the gutter dripping rain water on the metal roof below. Out the window, a hawk suddenly landed. If it were a little brighter out, I’d be posting a picture of him. Majestic! He stool fearless in the middle of the front yard, unfazed by rain. Glad I got to see him! Which led me to thinking of these lyrics…with a little poetic license…

Wordlessly watching she waits by the window and wonders, at the empty place outside (I’m thinking of my garden blank slate)

Heartlessly helping herself to her bad dreams, she worries, did she hear a goodbye (see ya winter)? Or even hello (hiya spring)?

Anyway. Those aren’t the real lyrics to Helplessly Hoping, but they are my twisted version to apply to gardening.

What exactly is going on right now? Well, a little of nothing, a bit of waiting, a lot of anticipation…and in between…some tillage, some list making, some plans of attack, and some seed starting.

Here is what is in the works: over 5 thousand onion starts, over 4 hundred leeks, over 4 hundred cabbages (with 400 more to go), bed prep for more asparagus, and fingers crossed for a dry weekend so some serious garden work can happen.

Tilling in spring weeds

Tilling in spring weeds

I love spring.