It is sad to think that I am slowly coming to the end of my internship at the Howdy Farm. I have learned so much during my time at the farm and I am going to miss spending so much time outside, working at the farm.
My cucumbers are still doing good, and I have continued my pH monitoring and adjusting. The pH has been consistently low so each time I am out at the farm I check the pH, and if it is still low I will add a bit of the liquid to increase the pH. As you can tell from the pictures, the plants are getting huge! They have a bunch of flowers on them and you can even see the baby cucumbers. Hopefully, they will give me a couple that I can harvest before school ends for the semester! You can even compare the hydroponic cucumbers to plants that are being grown the traditional way - in soil. All of the seeds were started at the exact same time, so it is really interesting to see how much faster the hydroponic cucumbers are growing.
The start of this week was rainy and cool, so on Wednesday I spent some time getting garlic ready for planting. Also, once the rain cleared out we planted garlic and onions! Those are two of my favorite things, and honestly you can never have too much garlic. I always have about five cloves at my house because I always end up buying more from the store because I never want to be out of garlic when I decide to cook something. To get the garlic ready for planting, we separated the individual cloves from the head of garlic, and then inspected the clove to ensure it was good to be planted. We mostly discarded cloves that were discolored or soft.
In addition to planting the garlic into trays, we also planted some of the cloves directly into the ground. As well, we planted some onions in the same bed as the garlic. The onion plants had already began growing in trays, and were finally ready to go into the ground. The onion plants needed to be planted fairly deep into the soil and you wanted about half to three-quarters of the plant covered with soil. That is where the onion will eventually develop. I dug the holes, while Jourdan followed behind me and planted them into the holes. I felt like I dug about a million holes, and my hands were definitely sore the next day. However, we were able to get all the rows planted with onions! This week, we also planted some Swiss Chard and kale!
There has also been a lot of harvesting going on. We have been harvesting everything from lettuce to tomatoes, and all of our coolers are getting very full. During our harvesting their is always some produce that just doesn't look all too great so we don't sell it. However, that doesn't mean that someone can't eat it. This week their were quite a few eggplants that did not make the cut, so I brought them home with me and added them to some pasta that I made. They had a couple of bad parts to them, but nothing that a knife couldn't help. They tasted delicious and it was even cooler that I could say that they were grown at the Howdy Farm!
This blog is actually encompassing two weeks of work, so I thought I would post another picture of the hydroponic cucumbers. They are now pretty much attempting to escape the greenhouse they have gotten so big. As well, the cucumber fruits are starting to get bigger. I have continued to check the pH, and for the most part the pH has been much better.
I hope everyone has a fun and safe Thanksgiving!