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Keen Observation

Pumpkin Shidonna Raven Garden and Cook

As Eliot Coleman would say, some of the best farmers are observers. The farmers he learned from were keen observers. There are many benefits to making keen observations in your garden besides the sheer joy of watching the plants grow from a seed into full fledge fruit bearing plants.

  • Identifying issues such as disease or crowding of plants
  • Identify best practices, which your plants respond favorable to
  • Identifying practices to change, which your plants do not respond well to
  • Identifying Harvest time

Pumpkin was the first transplant to go into the garden. During watering time we observed that both of pumpkins leaves were missing. It was pretty difficult to miss. We were from there able to identify that we had a pest around our garden attacking just the leaves of the tender young transplants killing its chance to grow. Since the fatal attack, we were able to resow pumpkin from the arsenal of seeds that we saved. It has been several weeks since we resowed pumpkin. Without fail it has come from beneath the surface with deep and rich green leaves. These seeds came to us from a friend who got them fresh from a pumpkin. We have a few fall loving people who are very pleased to see pumpkin return.

We have had several friends and gardening cohorts come by recently. Some sharing advice and best practices for gardening and farming. Others checking on the progress of the garden and the plants in the garden. And yet others who have been dropping off seeds and growing kits. We are always thrilled to have visitors in addition to the birds who always come by to visit. We want to thank MiMi for giving us a growing kit of Cynoglossum amabile flowers. Growing kits are a great way to introduce yourself to gardening and to get children involved in the process as well. We will be talking more about MiMi’s flower in the next article. Thank you MiMi!

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