The Harvest Begins
Buds are starting to show on the trees and spring is exploding at us here on the ranch. Its still cold at night, and we may not yet be done with the freezing weather, but the change from the winter garden to the spring garden has begun in earnest. Over the next several weeks we will be focusing on harvesting each bed, preserving the harvest, and planting the new season of plants.
This week we started with a bed of beets. The harvest was actually pretty disappointing. We took out only three pounds of beets from a bed with about 40 linear feet of planting. We did can an additional 4 pints of greens, but the return was still quite small. The problem appears to have been root knot nematodes, as many of the full beet tops revealed stringing under-roots knotted and bulby from their action.
We are starting to treat the bed by planting french marigolds (nematodes can’t live in their roots) and then we will also solarize the bed once it warms up a bit.
Cat in the Wild
I know that my obsession with my wild cats is probably a bit annoying to non-cat lovers, but when they look like this I simply can’t resist it. Our two cats were raised to be outdoor cats, and I find observing their behavior to be absolutely fascinating. It always makes me wonder what humans might be like without all the domestication. These cats run up the hill to greet me, climb trees, burrow into piles of fallen branches tracking unknown animals in the brambles. What would we do as humans in the wild. How are our bodies meant to move in the wild? How would our senses alter?
There is a whole movement developing these days to look at this idea. Natural Movement Fitness encourages and trains people to reclaim their nature. They have a lot of fascinating ideas, and I really enjoy reading their newsletters. Check them out.
We started the spring season off by planting potatoes. We will be trying to do a pair of potato towers this year, adding mulch, compost, and soil as the potatoes grow so that the spuds rise up a vertical tower. The desired result is that we can get more potatoes out of the harvest with less space. We shall see in a few months. Fingers crossed.