GOOD FOOD NEWS
Volume 7 Number 23 June 9th, 2015
FIELD NOTES: Amador Creek Gardens, Amador City
Be careful what you ask for!
In our last write-up about what was going on at Amador Creek Gardens we mentioned that not having a greenhouse was stifling our efforts to be successful year round growers.
Since then, we were offered, first, space in a friend’s greenhouse, and, second, a greenhouse for a great price, as long as we dismantled it and removed it from where it was currently standing! Thank you Alice, from Casa de la Pradera and Greg, from Tin Bird Garden.
This all reminds us of what is so wonderful about the people in the community of Mother Lode Harvest and what really keeps all of us going. MLH is such a good group of both talented and not so talented growers. Those who know are always there to help the ones who are learning!
For instance, we had an excellent crop of artichokes this year for the first time because Carolyn, from Butte Mountain Farm, suggested rubbing tanglefoot, an OMRI approved product, on the bottom of the plants to control the ants. The presence of ants will next result in aphids, which I learned about from James, from Sun, Earth, Energy. He is very good at determining what your pest problem is just by hearing a description the symptoms.
We have just acquired two apple trees from Humbug Creek Farm and Emily, from Harmony Hill Farm, has kindly offered to come and help us plant them. She has a good-sized orchard and knows what she is doing.
To our amazement, almost all of our seeds have germinated as a result of the perfect sprouting conditions at the greenhouse where they went for a four-week vacation. We have more seedlings than we have space to plant!
Seedlings anyone? We have Cucumbers, Melons, Squash, and eventually Peppers and Eggplant.
We now have a greenhouse! As soon as it is re-constructed and put back together, we can put it to good use. Our biggest obstacle now is making time in our busy work schedules to do the farming we so enjoy.
So far this summer, we have planted Armenian and Sumter Cucumbers, a few varieties of Tomatoes, Chanterais and Cantaloupe Melons and Yellow, Zucchini and Winter Squash. Our Eggplant and Peppers are coming along. That pretty much takes up our space, because our goal is to have enough of a couple of crops to add to what Mother Lode Harvest has to offer our Customer Members. Thank you to Customer Members Marcus and Ann Marie for working on the website and for helping Michelle, from Fiddlehick Farm, with the weekly MLH Newsletter. Thank you to Cheri and Steve for your dedication in helping with delivering the Customer orders each week at the Mother Lode Harvest site.
Thanks to all of the Mother Lode Harvest Producer and Customer Members!!