Nancy and I weeded an onion bed. Weeds crowded right up the blue-green stalks. It was difficult weeding. I developed a technique that worked for me. I nimbly fingered my way through the weeds until I touched the onion stalk. Then I grasped a handful of weeds and yanked. The soil was wet and the weeds took a good chunk of soil with them. It was slow going.

 

The sky was cloudy and the temperature 70 degrees with a moderate wind from the west. It was comfortable yet a bit chilly. Steve was the dedicated mower guy. He’s gotten this job by doing it week by week. Keeping “weed pressure” at bay is the primary task of the work/share crew. All told, there are 70 people involved with the farm. Nancy and I are scheduled for the Tuesday pickup.

 

Don asked me to join the garlic crew. We were situated at a table just outside the garlic shed. The crew included Mitch, Jonathan, me, Jane Ann, and Ana. We have many crates yet to process. We were clipping off the stalks and roots and removing the outer layer of thin tissue. Don came by to check up “Don’t clean all the tissues. No one wants them.”

 

Don related his “I saved a rabbit story.” “I was moving one of the fallow plots when a rabbit crossed my path and jumped out onto the open lawn. Just then, a hawk swooped down to attack. I interfered and the hawk flew off. I saved a rabbit.”

 

I have designated Nella as “Queen of the Herb/Flower Garden.”  I’ve seen her there several times. The two gardens are taking shape with her weeding. “I found a skeleton” she said. She showed me the spot. I lifted the skull. It was a rabbit. Magnificent large white lilies are in bloom.

 

Our share included okra, beets, kale, Japanese turnip, garlic, eggplant, cucumber, garlic scapes, and hot peppers. There is no better place to be than out in the open air with a community of wonderful, like minded people.