August 2, 2012:  I can't believe how fast this summer has slipped by.  It has been a great summer in a lot of ways but also a challenging one.  We finally have been getting some rain.  I hope it's not too late for some crops.  Our sweet corn will be ready to harvest soon and I fear there may be a pollination issue as some of the cobs are not filling up completely.  That is most likely from the lack of adequate moisture.

  Generally the crops look awesome this year.  We have been able to irrigate the veggies close to our greenhouses.  The root vegetables are located behind the barn where we have no irrigation but they usually can survive most dry spells.  The CSA baskets have been plentiful with an abundance of : cucumbers, green and yellow beans, radishes, spinach, swiss chard, fennel and dill, leeks, beets, carrots, cooking onions, potatoes, some zuchinni.  From time to time we have given the vegetables a break and not picked them so they can grow larger or just give them a chance to grow back again.  We have been planning our fall and winter CSA program - what to plant and where to plant.  August is the time to plant for our winter CSA.   It takes about twice as long in the fall for veggies to grow as the days are so much shorter and cooler.  With that being said, we usually miss the pests in the fall.   Soon we will be planting salad turnips, bac choy, mustard greens, mazuna, and lots more lettuce and spinach.  Our favourite green, Claytonia, will be planted soon too.  This green is amazing.  It is a type of lettuce and thrives in cool and cold conditions.  It continues to grow back again after each cutting and will last through till spring.  We plan to plant Claytonia in the whole greenhouse again this year.  

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Thank you for the wonderful stay in your guesthouse.  We had a great time.  You have a beautiful farm and we really enjoyed the animals, especially the kittens.  We will make sure we tell all our friends about your great B&B!

Jack and Barb, Waterdown, ON