on broccoli, worms, peas, turkeys, and the growing season

We had a lovely vacation and were so glad to see family and friends in another part of the country.  It was a really great trip.

We also came back to new things on the home front.  Broccoli plants on overdrive.  We harvested almost a dozen heads today and had one with lunch.

The broccoli was accompanied, however, by worms.  It comes with the organic territory, but still–gross!!!  Nothing like finding cooked worms in one’s steamed broccoli.  Blech!?

The peas–snow and snap–also did fabulously well while we were gone.  I planted too many seeds, the plants are now falling over, and there are too many over-the-hill peas.  Boo hoo.  We picked a lot of them today and shelled the peas that were not great to eat whole, but there are many more in the garden–to pick, to shell, to eat, and possibly to freeze.

That brings us to the turkeys who were in the fenced pasture area for the sheep around dinner time this evening.  Two females brought their chicks into the pasture.  Somehow they walked under and through the electrified fence–repeatedly.  Ron checked; the fence was live and hot, but it didn’t seem to bother them.  We could see a lot of chicks with the two females, but I was able to see them better from the second floor.  From there I counted nine baby turkeys.  Cute!  (And cuter than their moms…)  They came in and out of the sheep pasture at least twice.  We hope they are return visitors.

We were happy to return to White Pine Farm, too, although we didn’t have enough time on our vacation.  One of the challenges with running a small farm, even one as small as ours, is that leaving during the growing season is frankly challenging.  The perfectly weeded vegetable garden from just twelve days ago is already overrun, the garlic desperately needs picked, some final seeds are overdue for planting, many greens could be harvested and processed, and more.  This is one of those times when I have more ambivalent feelings about gardening and the farm.  It is rewarding in many senses, but it can also be a constraint.

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One Response to on broccoli, worms, peas, turkeys, and the growing season

  1. Lisa Kozleski says:

    Hi Sar,

    I was so happy to get a White Pine Farm update!! Loved hearing about all that happened on the farm while you were away. Thanks so much for making us a part of your travels. WE love you both so much.

    [Lethbridge College]Lisa Kozleski
    Senior writer and editor
    Lethbridge College
    403-320-3202 X5778

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