Honey, I am going on a darkness retreat! πŸ˜‚

In recent times before my weekend afternoon nap, I make an announcement to my wife “Honey, I am going on a darkness retreat!” πŸ˜‰ Hey, darkness retreat is not just for the Jet Set and it’s an apt term for nap under layers of comforters in Wisconsin winter, eh? πŸ˜„ Besides, I head for a nap with retirement in mind and emerge from the experience with my mind fresh, clear, active and ready for action!πŸ₯°πŸ‘
I take news of Rodgers heading to Jets philosophically as the Packers-Rodgers relationship had run its course. Mutual trust and respect are fundamental to a sound relationship and in the past few years the relationship had frayed quite a bitπŸ™

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₯°