Up and Coming


George planted Artichoke seeds the second week of March, this year. Slowly they came up and slowly they grew until finally we could transplant them into the field. That was weeks ago.For weeks they seemed to just sit there. That is, until this week.

They are now pushing up. For those who do not know artichoke is in the thistle family and the part of the plant we normally eat is the immature flower. Actually the stems can be eaten too once you get past the prickly and woody parts.The amazing thing about these plants is that they have beginning leaves that appear to be about 18 inches long. Of course a plant that has flower buds up to 3 inches across has to be big, but who knew that they would be this big.

As with all of the items planted this year it is a joy to watch them progress to maturity. At this point in the season the first potatoes planted have tops that are almost touching between the rows. Tomato plants are over two feet tall. The sweet potatoes have established themselves, starting to expand. They are like a morning glory plant. I am wondering what the final outcome will be when the vines are in their full glory. The second planting of lettuce is almost ready for picking. Pepper plants are starting to branch. The seedless watermelons are almost to the point of blooming, and the muskmelons have many small melons on them, with more coming. Summer squash and cucumbers are beginning to produce, although they did not like the cool nights this week. All of the cole crops are pushing towards maturity. There even seems to be enough to feed a couple of woodchucks and deer.

After last year with all of the miserable weather we endured, this year is a pleasant reminder that each day and season are different. Keep watching new things are coming each week.

6 Replies to “Up and Coming”

  1. I know that it’s hard to find, but perhaps next year you can locate some Okinawa Purple Sweet Potatoes. I’ve tried for two years to get viable ones, with no luck. The ones in the oriental markets have been irradiated so they don’t sprout.

  2. I actually looked for this variety some after it was mentioned earlier. Now that I know its name perhaps I will have better success next year.

  3. This is our first year to participate in your CSA program, and we want you to know how much my family appreciates the hard work it takes to run such a successful farm business. Your produce is beautiful. I’m enjoying preparing vegetables we’ve never tasted before, especialy because they are organic and extra flavorful. We’re looking forward to the artichokes, and wondering if we should try the mushrooms next year.
    Peggy abd Garth Hetz, Fairview, PA

  4. Hi Peggy,

    This year was odd in a number of ways. I started artichokes and they never produced except for about a dozen of them. Last year I had so many that I could not distribute them all. The fun of farming. The mushroom thing only had a couple of folks that wanted to try. So I am not really going to do anything with that this next year. I may raise a few to see if it will really be feasible in 2013.Thanks, G.

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