Patchwork Green is a hillside and ridgetop farm overlooking the beautiful Canoe Creek Valley several miles north of Decorah, Iowa. Our family grows five acres of vegetables on a farm near Decorah, Iowa. We grow a wide variety of high quality, chemical-free vegetables using sustainable techniques.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Dry spell

Crops are slowing down because of the dry spell we're in.  Hopefully, a bit of rain will revive the greens and bring squash, cucumber and bean production back up.  In the meantime, enjoy the tomatoes!  They don't mind the dry
weather at all.  

This week, we have lots of tomatoes, some hot and sweet peppers, lots of fresh onions and cured garlic, tons (literally) of potatoes and a good variety of herbs, greens and other vegetables.

See you at the market!
Erik and Sara

News from the Garden
Wildlife Report: We continue to see the little brown grass snakes and an occasional garter snake in the gardens, usually hiding under row cover or in a leaf pile.  The toads have been scarce recently, I assume because of the dry spell.  The neighbors’ honey bees have done a nice job of pollinating the squash and cucumbers in our garden, but the wild bees seem scarce.  Plenty of hornets and wasps, though!  

We have been lucky that the deer have respected our big fence this summer better than last, meaning a lot more lettuces and beets for you.  This has been a bumper rabbit year, as I’m sure you have noticed.  Even in our wide open gardens, we have had a few litters of them, and we find that they really like cucumbers!  
There have been a lot of killdeer in the gardens this year, feeding on the bare and recently seeded parts.  Not a bird we have regularly seen in past seasons.  

And lastly, our 5-month-old chicks (now young hens) just started laying their first eggs this week, right  on schedule. The girls are thrilled with the little brown eggs, and we are excited to see all the ‘varieties’ that our multicultural flock will produce.

The onion harvest went very well, and the storage varieties are drying down well in this weather.  We should have a bumper crop of yellow and red keepers, so look forward to a nice bag of them in October.  The potato harvest is also going well, with only a few rows left to dig.  Good size, great quantity and very disease-free.  Make the farmer happy!

More rain coming, please?

Friday, August 21, 2015

A half inch of rain

We unfortunately only got a half inch of rain out
of the two-day drizzle, but even that amount perked the plants up.  We quick got a bunch of fall lettuces transplanted while the weather was mild, and enjoyed working in the cooler temp's.
This week at market, we're featuring:

Red, white and yellow potatoes
Lots of head lettuces
Salanova lettuce mix
A new planting of sweet kohlrabi
Mild white and yellow onions and mixed, fresh cippolini onions
Chard and Kale
Red cabbage
Gorgeous sunflowers
Cherry tomatoes
Lots of red and heirloom slicer tomatoes
Piles of cucumbers and dill heads for fresh eating and pickling
Beautiful Italian globe eggplant
German White cured garlic
Jalapeno and Serrano hot peppers
A new crop of beets

Coming soon ...... more sweet peppers and green beans.

On another topic: Come down to the Arthaus Courtyard Friday night (8/21) at 7:00 for a lively acoustic show featuring the dance band I play with, Contratopia (  Lots of original and traditional reels, jigs and waltzes with some great musicians.  Music that makes you smile!

See you at the market.