Planning the succession and crop rotations in July and August has been one of the most difficult things for me to learn. I get so caught up in the riotous harvesting joy of summer I forget fall until the weather changes in late August, and by that time I have always been a month short on most of those late-fall/winter crops we all love like brussel sprouts, a second round of broccoli, cabbage.
Not this year! Bob and I have begun turning over beds and amending the soil getting ready for the seedlings that are sprouting in this steamy weather. Here's a list of what you can look forward to in the final third of the 2016 farm share season:
In August we'll have the sweetest and most adorable miniature canteloupe (muskmelon) you've ever had. They've been popular with share members because one mellon can be a single serving. We have mixed success with watermelon, but we planted a nice patch and it is looking good so far. The raspberries will go until November if this year is like the past 5. We'll continue to plant and harvest romaine and we'll have a limited amount of lettuce mixes that will grow better as things cool down.
The summer squashes will contnue through first frost. We've gotten our annual hit from the borer beetle to the zucchinni, so you'll see more of them in your shares as time goes by and we pass that pest's ground-cycle. Spaghetti squash are looking abundant and are a couple weeks from harvest.
The allium family will bring you scallions.
There will be plenty of basil and a good bit of parsley.
The tomatoes look great with little to no sign of blight. We planted in 4 successions, so you'll see more variety as time goes by. The next round of stringbeans, Royal Purple Pod, are coming along and are also about 2 weeks out. They'll be more Providers as well. We've planted a second succession of eggplant. The lima beans are growing nicely.
Ready to be planted are:
- a third round of cucumbers (the pickling cucumbers should be ready next week). These also got whacked by the borer beetle.
- brussels sprouts
- more basil
- more parsley
In the ground for the fall are all the winter squashes including acorn, a few varieties of pumkin, butter bush, and delecata. We'll just keep adding to the variety as space comes open.
We have beds ready for the fall successions of carrots, beets, parsnips, and trunips. The soil is too warm and dry for us to direct seed, but as soon as the heat dome passes we are ready!
We'll have plenty of lettuce and spinach as soon as the weather turns, too. These we keep going straight through early December.
I feel cooler already just thinking about it!