It’s been way too long!

I can’t believe it’s been almost a month since I posted a update here, but time flies when you’re keeping busy! We’ve been prepping out in the garden, applying compost to garden beds, laying out drip irrigation tape and working on Spring weeds in preparation for planting, working on the greenhouse (just about ready for putting the cover on it, keep your fingers crossed for warm & wind-less weather next weekend please!), and getting ready for the arrival of our first batch of chicks this coming Wednesday.

Since we’re only a little over a month away from first harvest, I’ll be getting in touch soon to let those of you with small shares if you’ll be in Week A (starting June 2nd) or Week B (starting June 9th).

Funny weather this year, eh? Last year, we had so much rain that we couldn’t get into the garden on time to plant and had our first harvest delayed by two weeks – it put such a dent in our plans that we worked our butts off to get this greenhouse so we wouldn’t have that worry this year. And of course now I’m practically doing a rain dance to get some moisture to fall from the sky. We had a nice good stretch of rain and snow last week, which helped things a bit… but we could still use a few more days here and there to keep the garden moving along. It may be chilly today, but I’m going to transplant out the kale and onions and beets, and seed the spinach and swiss chard. Peas are up finally, after we got that rain! It won’t be long now…

Signed,

Your busy, happy farmer. :)


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2012 vegetable CSA sold out!

Thank you to everyone for your interest. Just a quick update to let you know that we are sold out for the 2012 CSA. If you’d like to get on our waiting list for next year just send an email to ourfarmcsa@gmail.com with the subject line “2013 CSA waiting list” and we’ll do our best to accommodate you next year.

Even if you’re on the waiting list for the CSA, don’t forget to follow us on Facebook to get blog posts automatically in your news feed – we’ll post an update every week during harvest season with at least one tasty recipe for seasonal veggies. It’ll be like following along with the CSA to get in the swing of things.

Now that the day’s turned to sunshine and I’ve bought every tray that Canadian Tire had left in the store, I’m going to grab a bite to eat and start some more lettuce, spinach, broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower.


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April Fool’s weather?

Hi there!

So, um, I went out to the garden early this morning to get the peas planted into the four beds I prepared for them yesterday. I started early hoping to beat the rain that was forecast, and I figured if the thermometer said it was 3 degrees I’d be okay, right? Wrong! It started to snow, of all things! Mother Nature’s definitely playing tricks on us.

Oh well, moisture is moisture. I planted the peas anyway and then put up my little platic arches and stretched row cover over them. Peas are very cold hardy and the row cover will act as a miniature greenhouse to keep any frost off the seedlings once they germinate. We’ve still got a week or two to think about building their trellis, and we’ll be going with a sturdier metal trellis design this year.

In other veggie news, last week I potted up the kale from its tiny cells in one tray to bigger pots so the roots will have space to grow before it goes out in the garden – one tray of kale became four trays in the course of about two hours. It’s finicky, painstaking work. Then I started more trays of onions, spinach and swiss chard, along with tomatoes and peppers. This weekend I potted up one tray from the first planting of onions, but I’m running out of trays so I’ll have to run into town to get more before I can start more brussel sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and beets. We’re running out of room on the seedling rack shelves, so I’ll be glad next weekend to get the kale transplanted out to the garden. I’ll have to pot up the first plantings of broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower soon, and that’s going to take up tons of space on the shelves!

We ordered lumber and sheet metal for sheep pasture shelters this week – turns out you need building permits for those, too. Plus I’m trying to get quotes for electrical and plumbing for the barn, and trying to get a hold of someone certified by the province to do a “nutrient management plan” (yes, that actually does mean a “poop plan” for the manure) before the city will sign off on a building permit for the barn. I swear, if it wasn’t for the gardening, lately this would feel more like office work than farming. But planting is so much fun, it makes up for all the paperwork. Planting’s almost as much fun as harvesting and eating!


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