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Farm Update, Sunday October 19

October 20, 2008

I’ve been waiting all summer for some sweet, sweet sweet potatoes, and today, we finally finished the harvest. We had to set them aside for two weeks so they could finish curing, so we’ll have to wait a bit before the full onslaught of sweetness.  Sad to see them set aside, but they will certainly be back.  No fall vegetable quite like sweet potatoes.

At today’s workday we used scuffle hoes to clear the weeds from the empty beds on the bottom terrace, and then the whole crew set to work on mulching.  We raked up the mulch that was left in the North Greenhouse and spread it out over the freshly weeded beds to prep them for winter.  This week we’re getting the North Greenhouse all set for a seeding of winter greens, and then we’ll cover it in plastic and close it up for the season.

David and Sarah cleared the potato bed while Rachel and the other two Sarah’s weeded the frisee and Buttercrunch lettuce on the bottom terrace.  David, Chris, and I kept at mulching, and Lisa joined us as we mulched the brussel sprouts and spread a second layer of mulch on the cardoons.  Nisa arrived and we finished out the day by turning the gigantic compost pile we had amassed this week and scuffling a few empty beds on the middle terrace.  All in all, it was a rejuvenating afternoon, and we hope you’ll join us on Wednesday or Friday for what are looking to be more beautiful fall workdays.

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