Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Very interesting about the worm saga! I didn’t know that garden tid bit of info about the ice age. This is what co-op gardening is all about.

The frequency of my emails should signal a slowing of the garden activity.

I was sad to find that disease took our pumpkins and the squash in the small garden. We need to research how to manage the squash bugs that spread the disease.

Peppers are in vogue now. I suspect we picked about 50 tonight and we could have picked more. The bells seem to be producing fewer peppers than the rest of the plants. We will try to dry some poblanos (for ancho) and pimientos (for paprika). We are getting a rainbow of colors.

We still have tomatoes. They aren't beautiful like the firstfruits, but you can find some that are still better than store bought. Mickey put up about 40 quarts of tomato sauce.

The fall garden is plugging along. We should have some lettuce shortly. The replanted spinach is emerging; the turnips are up.

Jason harvested the first fennel bulb. Should be interesting to see what he did with it.

And what's the big hole in the back garde? It's just a big hole for the kids to dig in - what else? While we were creating the hole, Isabelle and I saw that the worm holes go straight down at least two feet below the surface. We also saw the clear delineation between the topsoil and the subsoil at a little more than 1 foot. The worms retreat to the subsoil during the hot summer months. I had read this was true, but seeing that they do gives a greater appreciation. I am not sure how they penetrate the heavy clay subsoil. In doing so, their vertical tunnels provide a path for moisture and air, and plants can use the holes as a route for taproots. But did you know that our worms are not native to the US? The NA worms perished during the ICE age. For good or ill, ours came from Europe.

Regards, Kim