The farm has been bustling with visitors this past week. There have been field trips, tours, a B-day party, and farm students. Today in class we went over the Solanacea family. An umbrella term describing plants that share similar characteristics. So, tomato, tomatillo, eggplant, goji berries, night shades, and beyond.
I'll spare the detail and in-depth, but a few great take aways and mantras to come back to while farming/gardening:
- Foundation then Fruit: basically reminding us that we need to develop a strong foundation for our crops/veggies/fruiting trees before we encourage and promote fruition. (How's that soil? Does the plant need trellising, are the branches strong enough to hold fruit, etc. etc)
- Light and Air flow: Living things need both, our gardens are no exception. Make sure upkeep on dead leaves, prune when necessary, tend to those greens
Another thing, tomatoes are really interesting. If you have a spindly transplant, or any tomato transplant for that matter, you can bury your transplant up to it's bottom leaves, well above the root ball. The buried stem with root out and eventually give the plant greater access to water and nutrients.
And learn how to use your tools safely. Keep those hard rakes with the points down, shovels face down.
oh yeah, and turning soil....that's the really fun stuff!
actually that's one of my favorite things to do. Amending, prepping, turning, raking and smoothing out your veggie bed in preparation for seeding/transplanting. So gratifying ;)