Potatoes in barrels
It was a cold one which nipped some of our winter crops with a touch of frost this morning. Our salad crops don’t recover fast when the nighttime temperatures dip, so we aren’t able keep a constant supply of produce to our clients. When you rely on your land for your primary source of income, your planting repertoire is slightly different than if you were just growing to feed yourself. After 15 years in the business of growing “cash” crops, we have learned that the most income producing ones are lightweight “cut and come again varieties.” With only a 1/10 of an acre of growing space, it takes a lot of effort to come up with just the right mix of income producing crops and food for our family (and animals) from this one little property. Every year, we are always learning from the last. Building upon our success and failures. A true gardener and farmer knows one can never “master” gardening. In fact, it’s just the opposite. Nature is the “master” and we are its pupils. In fact, just when you think you get the hang of or master something, nature has a way of putting you right back in your place. She teaches you that you need to strive to be a life long learner – a student gardener/farmer who grows with nature. Every growing year is something that is beyond our control, and this is a humbling experience and awesome responsibility.