Jerusalem artichokes are new this year.
They will be winter food for us and the goats. To the left of those are multiplier onions and the remains of the winter lettuce, which is starting to bolt.
I have three beds of Red Pontiac potatoes. Cabbages share one of those beds.
|Cabbages and potatoes.|
I have three beds of peas with cattle panel trellises.
|Peas on cattle panel trellises. Volunteer borage in front left|
In two of them, I also planted tomatoes. Fortunately I have a long enough growing season to sow the seeds directly into the ground.
|Amish Paste tomato seedlings|
In the other pea bed I planted cucumbers and radishes. By planting the cukes and tomatoes in the pea beds, they can use the trellises after the peas are done.
|Straight 8 cucumbers and Cherry Belle radishes.|
Another first is flax.
|A bed of flax.|
I'm growing it for seed for the goats.
I'm getting my wish about getting strawberries! The wiregrass is still a problem but at least we have berries.
There hasn't been enough for jam, but there is plenty for eating fresh and strawberry short cake. In the strawberry bed I planted a type of lettuce I've never planted before. The variety is called Jericho, and is supposed to do well in hot weather.
Another new crop for me is sugar beets, although I've grown mangels before.
|Bucklunch sugar beets|
Mostly I'm planting them to feed to the goats in winter, but I'll be curious to perhaps try my hand at making a bit of sugar from them.
Next to the sugar beets is a bed of Swiss chard, parsley, and volunteer 4 o'clocks, which are taking over. I hope to plant black turtle beans here as soon as I can make room.
|Swiss chard, parsley, and volunteer 4 o'clocks.|
I also have two beds of popcorn, planted early so they won't cross pollinate with our field corn.
|Japanese Hull-less popcorn and orange cushaw|
In the lower right of the above photo, you can see a cushaw sprout. Last year I planted Orange Bulldog pumpkins, of which I got only two pumpkins. Although they were fantastic keepers, I decided to go for orange cushaw squash this year. Cushaws make excellent "pumpkin" pie.
I'm still getting the last of the autumn planted lettuce plus a little broccoli. A few things have just been planted: okra, peppers, eggplant. And there are still a few more things I'd like to plant. Besides the turtle beans, I'd like to plant amaranth, also watermelons and black oil sunflowers. Maybe some green beans too. Hopefully I can get everything into the ground soon.
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