Saturday, April 17, 2010

Things That Run

Alright! All four tractors are running. This is a rare moment around here folks. Hold your breath and count to ten. If nothing breaks it should be OK for a least a couple of weeks. Im moving equipment and tractors to my satelite farm plots. this week. Trying to at least have some implementation at each site so I dont have to haul as much stuff around. Brilliant if I can keep them running, thankfully my mechanic Cap'n Barb loves to work on old equipment. We've also been busy re-setting up water pumps and laying drip tapes. It's hard to believe we are already irrigating. Thats the way it goes, wet wet wet then the palnts need the moisture. Water is key. I say it every year but this has been a tough spring. I'm looking around and wondering what we are going to have for market. I'm hoping things kick in here real quick and have a major growth spurt. before the first of May. I can tell you everyone I know who is a grower is ready for some warmer weather.

PLANT SALE AND OPEN HOUSE.

Saturday, 4/24 we will be hosting our annual plant sale and open house. We have a beautiful selection of veggie and flower starts ready to be planted. I'll have the pizza oven fired up and be offering a few other baked goods, maybe even some good 'ol bisquits & gravy for the early comers. Doors open at 9:00 and we'll go till 5:00 I'm hoping we'll have a little live music this year too. Hope to see you here. This is the kick off to our selling season. Come celebrate with us and get us off to a good start.

This was a big week for transplanting. Our new field at Stonebridge dried enough to prep and we have been busy seeding and transplanting. So far we have in cabbage, broccoli, onions, chard and kale. Strawberry starts are here and we may have them in by monday. Three 225' beds, three rows per bed at 8" spacing should be about 3,000 plants. We also have 10 beds direct sown to various greens, beets, carrots, radishes and turnips. We 'll have a couple more beds for transplants and then the remainder of this one acre field will be planted into potatoes. perhaps next week. It looks beautiful.

We are in the greenhouses alot this time of year. Basically potting up starts into bigger pots that are destined for market or transplant. It's just about time for us to sow winter and summer squash and cucumbers. We start ours in 4" pots and they get transplanted around mid to late May. Going big on winter squash this year. Look for us in the fall for a harvest fest.

That's all for now, I'm going to slip outside for dawn patrol.

Keep well,

J