August 2017 Garden Update

It’s been a crazy few days around here, and we’re all glad to see Harvey (the Hurricane) make his way out of here. I won’t say he had no effect on The OHL Farm, but we sure fared better than we could have. There was a ridiculous amount of rain that fell, and the tanks are all overfilled, and the bottom pasture was a bit of a lake for a day or two, and the (dirt) roads around here are a bit messed up for now, but, we are still farming. The Red Wattle hogs are still eating, and having litters, and the chickens are still laying eggs. The Turkeys are still gobbling, and the truck is still broke… Well, some things are just what they are, lol. I have been spending all my spare time getting the Fall garden in, and the truck has been sitting, and I am going nuts wanting to get it put together. But, some things simply MUST get into the ground yesterday and last week, and last month. I am scrambling to get back on schedule planting things that need to be planted, so other things are taking a back seat. So, enough with all that, how is the garden doing, and what can be expected…
I planted all the corn seed I had that was good, (after planting a bunch of seed that was NOT good) I ran out after 5 beds, so I stopped, since I am pushing the limits of late planting for corn. I planted some Okra, I planted some summer squash, Yellow, Zucchini, and Patty Pan. I planted some Butternut Squash, and some Black Eyed Peas. I did plant the Kennebec potatoes, and some of the reds I had, and saved the rest of the reds for planting after the storm, as insurance since I wasn’t sure how bad it was going to be. I have tomato plants I grew from cuttings, and started seeds in flats for Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage, and Kohlrabi. I have a few melon plants I really don’t think they have time to give me any fruit, but we’ll see, I’ll give them a chance. I have planted cucumbers also. Most of the things I planted in the garden are just coming up, luckily not having been washed away by the rains. I use raised wide beds, which I have to attribute a lot of the luck to. These beds drain well, and the walkways give the excess water a place to go to get out of the garden. Lots more is getting ready to be planted soon, but here are some pictures from August…

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