The Deadly Nightshade (for REAL!)
You may remember my post from the other day where I asked what this plant was…
It had this tiny berries. I ate one, it was kind of sweet…
It turns out that it is an honest to god nightshade. As in, don’t eat that, it will kill you dead, kind of plant.
Katie Nixon from the Lincoln University Extension came out on Wednesday and identified it for me. “You probably don’t want to eat any more of those berries,” she said trying to hide the worried look on her face.
“Yeah, no, I think I’ll pass on eating any more,” I told her, “But it didn’t taste bad at all, and I feel fine!”
I made sure to point out the plant and tell Emily, “That is POISONOUS, do NOT try to eat it.” I then pulled out the vigorously growing plants wherever I could see them.
Beets – Round Two
We planted beets this spring. Well, in May, because of the insane snow and freezing temps that hovered about until we were all well and sick of the cold. The beets grew to about the size of marbles. It was disheartening.
Dave dug them up at the same time we were harvesting the Yukon Gold potatoes and we just shook our heads, time for round two.
As I dug some of the red and purple potatoes out, I made a nice pile of dirt and began poking beet and radish seeds into it. I am crossing my fingers and hoping for a bumper crop of Bull’s Blood and Albino beets, along with some good salad radishes.
The sky kept spitting rain and making promises of more rain, so I held off watering the newly planted seeds. C’mon rain, get on over here!
Fall Transplants- Nope, Not This Year
I checked with Katie about what plants would be good for planting right now and she mentioned broccoli, lettuce, spinach and cauliflower transplants. They need to be in the ground by 8/15 at the latest. It’s too late to start them as seed, and I’m tapped out for garden funds for the year, so we will just settle for the beets, radishes, and…
Despite the poor soil, we’ve done well. And next year will be even better. We will have a nice layer of chicken poo and decaying straw, along with two cover crops.
On Thursday I purchased one pound of barley seed, and two pounds of Austrian Winter Peas. Barley will provide cover and prevent weeds, then act as a mulch for the garden in the spring. The Austrian Winter Peas are a dynamic accumulator. Katie suggested this and explained that dynamic accumulators are plants that send their roots deep into the soil pulling the nutrients from far below. The plants are then full of nutrients and can be added back into the soil to feed your spring crops.
I won’t need to add the cover crops for a while. After all, I’m still harvesting from the garden! But once the growing season is over, I will pull aside the straw from some or most of my garden, spread the seeds and rake them in. By early spring I can either mow the crops down, or in later spring simply bend them and push them aside when planting transplants. How cool is that?!
I don’t have a count on the potatoes, but my new harvest forecast is for 150 pounds of produce this year. Go, garden, go!