Last Spring Leaf

The last of the spring leaf vegetables. After pulling these plants up the soil is kept cultivated; in late summer, spinach seeds are sown for an early fall harvest.lastleaf

 

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A Welcome Visitor

 

A welcome visitor to the Veggie-Bed, this little honeybee has the honorable distinction of being the world’s most important pollinator of food crops. bee fb

Unfortunately, because of industrial agriculture, parasites/pathogens, climate change, and the loss of biodiversity global bee populations are declining.

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Nitrogen-fixing Legumes

With all the lite rain, these peas and beans (legumes) are starting to thrive. Legumes have nitrogen-fixing bacteria in underground structures called root nodules. The root nodules convert nitrogen into ammonia (NH3) or related nitrogenous compounds.

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Next season this 10 by 10-foot legume crop plot will be rotated to the root crop plot, and a leaf crop will be planted here in the old legume plot. This process of rotating crops is part of the crop rotation practice at the Veggie-Bed.

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Recycling Organic Materials

This is the compost bin at the Veggie-Bed. By recycling various organic materials such as kitchen scraps and grass clippings, the compost bin decomposes the waste products into a compost that is rich in nutrients.

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Coccinellids

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Found this ladybug on a tomato plant; actually, ladybugs are beetles (aka: “lady beetles” or Coccinellids). Some folklore considers the ladybug as a sign of good luck and good things to come. At the Veggie-Bed they are thought of as beneficial insects for consuming plant-eating insect’s larvae and eggs.

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Turnip Greens for Dinner

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Cooking up some turnip greens for dinner at the Veggie-Bed. Highly nutritious and fights fight inflammation, which can lead to heart disease and cancer, turnips greens are a superfood. These greens will be sautéed with olive oil, red onion, and garlic.

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Turnip Patch Varmit

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Caught this varmint in the turnip patch at the Veggie-Bed. This is Lucy Lou, a Walker Hound. Her breed originated in the United States and descends from both the English and the American Foxhound.

Lucy Lou loves people; however, she is quite vocal and voices her opinion without hesitation when it comes to other dogs.

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