We are about half way through a very successful summer growing season at the Painted Turtle Farm! The tomatoes, beans, eggplant, zucchini, and raspberries are just coming in and the Bok Choy, Joi Choy, and lettuce are on their way out. We have a ton of kale and basil- so much that we had to start selling the extras (which has been very successful)! The rain has been very beneficial to the plants! I realized that we never made a post about what has been growing in the garden this summer, so I thought I would get you up to date:
- In the first few rows we have: cilantro, zinnias, a spring lettuce mix, carrots, beets, and potatoes
- In the middle of the garden we are growing (have grown): Joi Choy, Swiss chard, broccoli, purple cauliflower, lettuce, spinach, carrots, basil, red cabbage, red lettuce, kohlrabi, curly kale, Thai basil, & green and purple beans
- On the back side of the garden we have: squash, watermelon, white and red onions, garlic, and more beets, thai basil, Joi Choy, Bok Choy, & curly kale
- In the raised beds we have planted and grown: carrots, asparagus, tomatoes, rhubarb, radishes, and arugula
- Around the hoop house we are growing: green and yellow zucchini, squash, sunflowers, zinnias, and tomatillos
- And in the hoop house we have: eggplant, tomatoes, jalapeños, and bell peppers
Almost all of the vegetables have been bountiful! The flea beetles have eaten the arugula and they munched on the Joi Choy, Bok Choy, and eggplant. We were able to save the eggplant, Joi Choy, and Bok Choy but we were unable to harvest the arugula. We also had bitter greens, broccoli, and cauliflower this year. Despite picking these crops early, some of them were so bitter that they were difficult to use. With everything else doing so well, however, we certainly cannot complain!
Thanks to the wet weather and the many helpful hands in the garden, the Painted Turtle Farm continues to grow and prosper.