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Red summer apple

This post is a compilation of tidbits from the garden week, none of which is big enough to really turn into its own post. I hope the result isn't too disjointed for you.

I'll start by saying that we got to taste our first homegrown William's Pride apple on Saturday. It was sweet and delicious! I'd thought this grafted limb was King David, actually, but the strange ripening date prompted me to look back at my notes and figure out that my memory was way off. Good to know since I think we'll want to expand the planting in the future.

Lodged corn

Second tidbit --- a storm lodged some of our biggest corn. I was a little concerned about having put off thinning the field corn until the plants were nearly as tall as me, and it turns out my gut reaction was right. The photo above shows sweet corn thinned earlier that only barely lodged, while almost half of the field corn blew down. The lodged plants will likely survive, but I'll try to do a better job thinning earlier in the plants' lives anyway.

New asparagus frond

On a more positive note, our asparagus is thriving now that the partially composted goat manure topdressed in June has had time to soak into the ground. This is a big relief since last year's uncomposted goat manure burned new asparagus fronds and resulted in a smaller crop this spring. Looks like asparagus 2017 will be bountiful.

Baby brussels sprout

Under the row covers, brussels sprouts are growing well. It's always nice to have a set-it-and-forget-it portion of the garden in the midst of the summer flurry of activity. Without having to worry about cabbage worms, the fall crucifers definitely fit the bill. I'll probably repeat the endeavor with the broccoli seedlings that will be outgrowing their flat soon.

Sunflowers

And that's all of the news here. I hope your garden is thriving and beginning to feed you bushels of produce!



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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.



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