Turbo has survived 13 thunderstorms, six windstorms, one hail storm, nine hard rains and a two-day infestation of little green worms that nobody could identify to become one of the most productive farm patchs at Cape Abilities this season. Congratulations.
The year is almost over for this season's outdoor farm patches. This year 8 Grands produced good crops, particularly flowers, the farm workers say. And it weathered the recent Nor'easters a lot better than most patches.
By general agreement among the farm workers, the Ding Patch is the most colorful of the season. It has also won the Patch Personality Award for producing the most idiosyncratic and unusual forms of weeds the crew have had to deal with this year as they weed each patch. Since all the patches are close together, the farm workers don't know why this is, but even with all the extra weeding, they are happy with the crops they've gotten from Ding.
This one was home to a nest of chickadees in August and early September. Now it only hosts the buzz of bees and an occasional butterfly looking for some late season food. A very fertile patch this year.
This year's version of the Stephens Patch has entertained more butterflies than most of the other patches. The farm workers aren't quite sure why, since it hasn't produced that many more flowers on its plants. The generally wet, cool summer has helped it yield a good crop.
MCFM, as it is known around the farm, has outproduced the other patches in squash this season, and the season isn't over yet. Its plenitude is limited not just to ordinary summer squash, but includes some of the exotic kind as well. Its pumpkins look very promising, too.The patch is on the edge of the Marstons Mill Farm, but gets full sunlight through about 85 percent of the day.
For some reason that no one can figure out, Jeanie's Garden attracts more butterflies than any other patch on the farm. During the late afternoon, it often looks like a butterfly convention at the patch. It's hard to understand. Jeanie's patch has roughly the same mix of plants as the other patchs. Perhaps it's the location.
This year's Pitch Pine Farm Patch (There was one last year.) was planted late because of all the rain this spring, but all the plants have been growing robustly under the summer sun. A scary invaison of Japanese beetles worried the farmworkers in late June, but the beetles didn't hang around for long.