Today was the first day we did a true harvest at MEEP! Well, actually, on Friday we harvested two Japanese white turnips, so that’s the first harvest of the season. BUT, today we spent several hours at MEEP and when we left we left with strawberries, collard greens, green onions, and more turnips!
Let’s return to the Strawberries for a moment: both the intensity and the regular strawberries are yielding high amounts of strawberries! We were worried that this wouldn’t be a good year because we’d heard that strawberries need to be moved and pruned in their third year or else they don’t do well. Not a problem for us, thankfully! They’re yielding a lot! They are juicy and sweet. The harvest is just beginning; we had to leave many half ripe strawberries – something to look forward to for another day!
Okay, moving on from strawberries, today we took back the wire trellises! We did nothing with them last year and almost nothing with them the year before that. Today we removed all the brick and debris that had accumulated in that area and scooped out all rocks and leaves in the trellis area, down almost to the tarp that’s in place to keep separate the existing dirt (a bit high in lead). Then we took a wheelbarrow of good dirt for other areas in the garden (including dirt from where the compost used to be) and filled back in the growing area beneath the trellises. THEN, we planted black beauty zucchinis in one trellis area and two types of cucumbers in the second trellis area.
Today was all about planting things! We had to do some cleaning up to get to the planting, but the focus was on planting. We planted bush string beans, eggplant, sweet red pepper, sweet green pepper, and spicy red pepper.
Also, today we started our path to the three sisters! We planted corn in circles and rows on the big hill we’ve been creating and composting in preps of doing this! So exciting!