2020 Raj Farm Update# 8 – Bountiful Harvest πŸ‘

It’s harvest time at Raj Farm, folks, and it’s been bountiful harvest this year! πŸ‘ This news must come as music to your ears as y’all have been waiting anxiously to hear this good news all year. It’s been cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes, onion bunches, basil, strawberries and roses all the way! πŸ‘Œ Yes, we have had to deal with rapacious rabbits but the hardy plants of Raj Farm have weathered the most ferocious attacks and still stand strong and tall πŸ‘ We here at the farm shored up the defense of the most vulnerable plants by standing them up on smooth and sheer plastic face i.e. inverted buckets, to make it harder for the rabbits to get a grip on this situation. So far it appears to be working πŸ‘
For more information let the picture speak to all patrons of this farm.

Always remember one thing:
At Raj Farm we don’t produce produce, we harvest love πŸ™

2020 Raj Farm Update# 6 – Harvesting: Are we there yet?

Folks, much awaited update from Raj Farm! I know all the followers of the farm have been waiting with bated breath to devour the latest from the farm πŸ˜‰ Rest assured we have been doing the same here, literally πŸ˜„ Today’s update is packed with superstars. In the next update we will cover in detail today’s rising stars shaping up to be tomorrow’s superstars! πŸ‘
1) Superstar# 1 – Cucumber: Prolific and super fast growth. Gracing morning salads and vegetable sandwiches at the farm daily πŸ‘
2) Superstar# 2 – Sweet Bell Pepper: Flavorful and tasty, farm thankful from the bottom of the belly πŸ‘Œ
3) Superstar# 3 – San Marzano Tomato: Breakout moment awaited when they change color for the better πŸ‘
4) Superstar# 4 – Yellow Roses: They express themselves better than words can describe them πŸ₯°
5) Superstar# 5 – Walla Walla Onion: Delights await below the soil. State of Washington put on notice! πŸ‘
6) Superstar# 6 – White Lisbon Bunching Onion: Slender and tender, waiting to add flavor to farm cuisine πŸ‘
7) Superstar# 7 – Pink Roses: Charming and pretty, nice and friendly πŸ₯°

Summary: For the question in everyone’s mind, “Harvesting: Are we there yet?”, the answer is “We are pretty much there with some, getting there with the tomatoes, watermelon, strawberry, habanero and jalapeno peppers” 😊
Many thanks from Raj Farm to the patrons and loyal followers for their support of this produce and floral heaven πŸ™

2020 Raj Farm Update# 5 – The Great American Transplant!

In keeping with the spirit of July 4 weekend theme for today’s update is Independence and The Great American Transplant at the Raj Farm! Prior to today’s update all plants at the farm were growing in pots. Some of the plants had been clamoring for independence. Happy to report the farm has been able to make that happen for plants that had grown and were capable of being independent. πŸ‘ For other plants we reached a compromise and transplanted them with the promise their case for independence would be reviewed periodically over the next few weeks πŸ™

Independent at last! πŸ‘Œ
1) Roma Tomato: 2 set of seeds were planted this season. Both grown and mature, granted independence! One now growing in soil right outside kitchen wall (top left picture) and on the ridge (middle left picture)
2) Cucumber: 2 set of seeds were planted this season. One set grown and mature, fully independent growing in soil right outside kitchen wall (top left picture). Has started flowering
3) San Marzano Tomato: Top right picture. Fully independent, about a dozen raw tomatoes waiting to ripen and add color!
4) Sweet Bell Pepper: Top right picture. Independent! One pepper nicely shaping up (circled in white), others in flowering stage
5) Habanero Pepper: Independent and on the ridge (Left middle picture)
6) Watermelon: Planted after last update, growing independently now (Left middle picture)

Transplanted for freedom! πŸ‘
1) Jalapeno Pepper: Transplanted to separate port for experiencing freedom (bottom right picture)
2) Pink Rose: Transplanted to different bigger pot for freedom to grow faster and express themselves more freely

Happy where they are! βœ‹
1) Strawberry: Bottom left. Developing well after weathering initial rabbit attack
2) Basil: Happy to stay put as all others that were sharing space have moved out! No morning at the farm is complete without flavorful basil leaf adorning the sandwich πŸ™‚
3) Onion – White Lisbon Bunching: Spreading fast like grass. Impressive growth (bottom right picture, left big container)
4) Onion – Walla Walla: Washington’s official vegetable mascot for now, pretty soon Washington state will cede that right to Wisconsin. After all UW means University of Wisconsin, Madison whatever those upstarts from the Pacific Northwest may think or say πŸ˜‰ Hey Walla Walla Organics (https://www.facebook.com/wallawallaorganics/), get ready for some serious organic Walla Walla competition from Raj Farm πŸ˜‚

Next update will likely feature “Harvesting: Are we there yet?” πŸ₯°

Raj Farm wins prestigious awards!

We here at Raj Farm are humbled by the honor this farm has received in the form of multiple awards in recent days. πŸ‘
The awards that have been won are
1) Fastest growing farm *
2) Spirit of green *
We would like to thank our patrons and many followers for their unstinting support and much encouragement over the years and making Raj Farm a part of their lives spring through fall.πŸ™
Nothing works better as expression of gratitude and thanks than flowers. Smiling roses waving and saying thanks in their own inimitable way βœ‹
Looking forward to sharing more such happy moments in the future! πŸ‘

* Instituted in 2020 by “Raj Encouraging Raj” foundation, the prestigious “Fastest growing farm” and “Spirit of green” awards are given to farms in Raj backyard that follow the highest standards of excellence and quality, grow at a rapid pace and adhere to sustainable practices for this generation and posterity to live in harmony with their surroundings πŸ™‚

Caught in the act!

Had gone out for grocery shopping. Looks like one person was looking forward to me going out: My philosopher friend rabbit πŸ˜… Seizing the moment rabbit started scoping the backyard for food potential. Wife was having supper. She got up to photograph her little buddy. Rabbit did a full 360 as he surveyed the menu on display. Took a bite of flower plant I transplanted to coir basket this morning (transferred earlier rabbit victim yellow rose plant to the pot this flower plant was originally in this morning) 😑 Then wife uttered the magic words: Raj will be back home any time now! 🀣 Good presence of mind πŸ‘ Rabbit pulled a vanishing act instantly πŸ™‚ Remains to be seen what tonight holds for the poor plants facing a ravenous and rapacious rabbit intent on rampage 😒