Monthly Archives: April 2014

Planted So Far

Sugar snap peas kale, chinese brocoli, baby bok choy turnips carrot, parsnip beets red cippolini onion, pearl drop onion, bulbing onion, shallot garlic chives, chinese leeks ground nut (apios americana) potato lettuce perennial flower: butterfly weed, bee balm, anise hyssop … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged | Leave a comment

What About Irrigation

Irrigation was the first question I had about the farm. What you see is a cabin and a barn with a well in front, sans electricity, sewer, or water service.  It is the nostalgic, romantic notion of  farming, without the … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Insect Assistants

Ladybugs are great to have since they eat aphids.  In large enough numbers, aphids can do serious damage to vegetables. These orange ladybugs are actually called Asian Lady Beetles, as they were originally native to eastern asia.  They were introduced … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

All In The Allium Family

Day-am that was fast! Last week’s spring-planted garlic is popping up unabashedly. This time there is proper spacing between the plants. I contemplated popping out every other garlic bulb and replanting, but another allium needed a new home. There were … Continue reading

Posted in plants | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Snap Peas in 9 Weeks

I am working on an excel spreadsheet that lists vegetables, earliest planting dates for region, field locations – essentially anything and everything that is required to plant crops. Snap peas are one of the earlier crops that can go in … Continue reading

Posted in plants | Tagged | Leave a comment

Re:generation

These potatoes are from the Hawthorne Valley CSA in Oct 2013, which wintered comfortably in a bag on my kitchen floor. Eyes started to sprout from them in the winter, so I figured I’d be patient and wait for spring … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Spring Greening

The temperature rose steadily during the week and reached 80 on Sunday. There was a little bit of rain over the week and the garlic seems to be thriving. You can just make out tiny green clumps to the right … Continue reading

Posted in plants | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Breaking Ground

We checked out the rototiller. But it rained on Friday night, so the ground was too damp to properly till. So we waited until Sunday. The temperature was perfect, the soil was workable, and we checked out the tractor. Ah, … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , | Leave a comment

It’s a Garlic Life

You can see evidence of autumn labor with garlic shoots breaking through. This was garlic planted on a whim, when I spotted forgotten hardneck garlics that looked like it had spilled from a crate by the barn. I wasn’t sure … Continue reading

Posted in plants | Tagged | Leave a comment