Got Turnips?

The turnips have performed well this season. Some of the leaves are cut off, leaving the root in the ground to continue to grow. The greens are thoroughly washed, then steamed.

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Served this morning for breakfast was one of the Veggie-Bed’s favorites, grits topped with turnip greens and a cage-free fried egg.

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Flowering Squashes

The summer squashes are starting to flower at the Veggie-Bed. Squash does well here; however, this season because of the cooler temperatures, they are off to a slow start.

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Last season at this time the plants were overflowing with fruit.

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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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