Lots is happening! My shoulder is mostly functional. Our CSA season has begun. We have rearranged almost the entire farm. We have added another mini hoop house. Here is a short photo tour of the current state of the farm.
We planted 40 grapes along the street side of the farm to create a living fence.
We planted our tomatoes in landscape material to better control the weeds.
We did the same thing with our potatoes. We won’t have to hill them or weed them. This was a new idea, so we’ll see how it all works out. Last year was a potato failure, so we can only get better, right? The plants look pretty healthy, so that’s encouraging.
We’ve spent hours creating new raised beds in our growing spaces, establishing ten different plots so we can rotate our crops, allowing several years to go by before plants of the same family are grown in the same area. We were able to purchase machinery for this purpose last fall making (relatively) short work of bed making (and rock removal).
Some beds needed to be made by hand, so the children got pretty efficient at clearing out weeds, measuring straight lines, shoveling dirt from the aisles, and adding in peat. The hoop houses got the raised bed treatment as occupied rows were harvested and the area was emptied out. Once the beds (or section of bed) were made, the next crop could be planted.
The raised beds and the landscape fabric under the tomatoes and squash make it easier to keep up with the weeds. Last year, we lost our onions to the weeds. Not so this year! Mark is busy with the hoe keeping opportunist plants at bay.
We added a second mini hoop house to contain our cucumbers and eggplant. We lined the ends with fine insect netting in an attempt to keep out the cucumber beetles and the flea beetles, the culprits that wreaked so much havoc among my cukes and eggplants last year.
All the white fabric is protecting my susceptible plants from those pesky flea beetles.
The first mini hoop house was used over the winter to cover carrots and greens, then moved in April to cover early tomatoes, then moved in late May to cover the peppers for the summer.
In the midst of all the big stuff, I just keep on planting and Murrey keeps his vigil.
Keturah, the flower lady and the photographer, decided to get a job off the farm this year. You can say, “Hi!” to her at Five Points Bakery. The sad news is that our big flower garden will be missing and there will be no beautiful bouquets. The good news is that there are still some flowers growing around the place.
The farm is looking good right now. It’s rained. It’s shined. It’s warmed. It’s been weeded. It’s been planted. Come check it out! This week is our Second Saturday Volunteer Day from 9:00 until 12:00. There is definitely something to do! Please come and join us.
See you then!