09-01-12 - Photos - June-July

Contemplating the scramble at the top of Mount Si
I am pleased by Si, N is hiding new braces
The Ghost Dog of Si
Home produce
The homestead
The Si scramble from below; super fun and easy.
Newly planted flower and herb bed
The future egg makers
Canoeing at sunset when the water is like mercury
Home produce

We had amazing lettuces for many months. It made me feel great, very worth it. Broccoli was great (*), asian greens, arugula, herbs, peas and beans are easy of course. We need taller trellis for beans next year. Alpine strawberries were good but got buggy. Regular strawberries got mealy, not sure why (too much water?). It almost works to plant peas and beans in the same bed, and as the peas are finishing, the beans grow up their trellis. Corn worked surprisingly well, we should do it again but find a better variety to plant. Haven't really figured out what to grow in late summer here, we've got a near-dormant veggie garden now, only harvesting tomatos at the moment.

* = Broccoli is one of my all time favorite things to grow myself, because I can pick it when it's still a baby. Baby broccoli is sweet and tender; it's totally unrelated to the "baby broccoli" sold in grocery stores, which is a full grown different plant. The leaves of baby broccoli are the best part. I also liked radish micro-greens; maybe I'll do a whole micro-green garden some day.

Sophomoric people try to do cost/benefit analyses about their home farm. If your time is worth $100/hour or more that is just massively retarded (*). (I ranted before about some moron doing chicken coop cost-benefit analysis all wrong ). For people with jobs, the only relevant question is do you enjoy the time you spend on it. If you enjoy it, it's worth it, even if you throw out all the produce. If you don't enjoy it, then no value of produce can make up for the time cost. Yes there are borderline cases but you all do cost-benefit analysis so massively wrong that you just shouldn't even try. (for example Steve Solomon's (very good) book has a section on the best dollar-value crops to grow; you should just tear those pages out. Maybe if you're quite poor and trying to make a subsistence living with gardening/farming as part of that you might want to consider it).

(* = and FYI hopefully your time is worth a lot more than your salary; you can see that must be true because your job selection is partially based on pleasure)

Next year we'll focus more on just the crops we liked that did well, and try to be a bit more systematic about it to make pest control easier and ensure the long term health of the beds. We need more space between plants, some fallow rotations, etc.

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