Summer time at Howdy Farm means a whole lot of preparing for the school year: weeding, cleaning, organizing, planting cover crops and then planting fall crops. The summer interns have seeded out trays in the greenhouse full of flowers, peppers, and corn as well as sowing seed straight into the dirt. After a few weeks the crops were transplanted to the fields.
In the field there are gold acorn squash, queen bush squash, squash delicate, zucchini, winter spaghetti squash, and eggplant. The majority were started from seeds planted directly on the field, while the eggplant transplants were added later.
In our front keyhole garden there are early white bush scallop squash, cucumber, and zucchini. In our smaller, colorful keyhole, interns planted patty pan squash that didn’t sprout. So, instead pepper transplants were used.
The farm also has an area full of purple tomatillos growing strong and sturdy thanks to a lot of attention and watering during the summer heat.
Over in the corn bed, the interns planted Bi-licious hybrid corn seeds. However, a mold took hold and the seeds wouldn’t sprout. As a result, the same seed was started in trays in the greenhouse. Once they grew successfully, the corn was transplanted making for an idealistic farm view.
Howdy Farm interns have tried starting other corn seeds in the greenhouse to fill the rest of the corn bed, however, there have been many Texas wood rats calling the farm home and eating the seed. When the trays have been checked on in the greenhouse, seeds are missing and the dirt is a mess. But the baby rats sure are cute!
Photos and blog by Jessica Newman