Farm Happenings at Persephone Market Garden
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Farm Happenings at Persephone Market Garden

Week 19 -- Autumn has arrived

Posted on October 18th, 2021
After weeks of very warm weather, cooler weather has arrived! Some of the cilantro and lettuce actually bolted last week -- that means it started flowering. This isn't unusual in the heat of the summer (like June and July), but is pretty unusual for October. Cooler temperatures are great for most of... read more »

Week 18 -- Radicchio!

Posted on October 11th, 2021
A few folks have been asking...how many more weeks? Three including this one! We go right to the end of October to make it a total of 20 weeks! And the garden is just amazing -- warm weather and sufficient rain mean the fall crops are thriving! So much to choose from. Including radicchio -- we are participating... read more »

Week 17 -- Thanksgiving

Posted on October 4th, 2021
This coming weekend is Thanksgiving. A good time to pause and express gratitude. For a growing season, that despite early challenges of drought and frost, has been generous and bountiful. For the soil that nurtured the plants, even in times of drought. For the rains that came in time for crops to thrive.... read more »

Week 16 -- Happy Hens

Posted on September 27th, 2021
Earlier this summer, my brother gave us an old trailer base and helped us build a mobile hen house. Since July, the girls have been enjoying their days on pasture. About once per week, we use the tractor to move their house to fresh pasture. Our flock includes a colourful mix of breeds, including Rhode... read more »

Week 15 -- TOMATOES

Posted on September 20th, 2021
It's tomato time! The roma/paste/plum tomatoes are at their peak this week. If you want to put any up for winter, now is the time! They are available in 5lb and 10lb bags. Monday looks to be the last summery day for the season. Just in time too, with autumn arriving on the equinox on the 21st! But... read more »

Week 14 -- late summer meets early autumn

Posted on September 12th, 2021
As I was walking through the garden this past week, checking on crops, I encountered this snake. It seems she had just had a big meal! I often think that this time of the year, in the garden, is best . The weather is cooler, the crickets are singing intensely, sometimes geese or cranes fly overhead,... read more »

Week 13 -- Happy Labour Day

Posted on September 6th, 2021
I hope you have enjoyed the last long weekend of the summer! Are you experiencing new beginnings this week? We sure are! Marilla is off to school and so very excited! So my head is more focused on coordinating new routines, assembling school gear and preparing for school lunches, than it is focused... read more »

Week 12 -- welcome September!

Posted on August 30th, 2021
After a very hot and sticky last week of August, the cooler forecast for this week looks pretty wonderful to me. Especially after some rains over the weekend, which help the radishes, arugula and cover crops we seeded really get growing! September is a quieter time in the garden. The urgency of planting... read more »

Week 11 -- Last planting!

Posted on August 24th, 2021
It's that point in August when the days are getting noticeably shorter, and fast! Day length is a limiting factor for plant growth -- if the days are too short (about less than 10 hours), the plants don't grow anymore, even if they do like the cooler and wetter weather of autumn. So now is the time to... read more »