April 17, 2013 Farm News

An interesting week, but then they all are.  We did not have a lot of opportunity to get into the garden this past week because conditions of weather or soil moisture were not always right.  But we did, in one afternoon, plant six rows of Broad Beans (Fava or Horse Beans). They are the three beds (two rows per bed) to the right of the Persian and Music Garlic bed. We tried the row seeder but it kept missing or jamming so we resorted to just seeding by hand. We need one of the better row seeders but it would cost nearly a thousand dollars to get a decent one with enough accessories to plant most any seed we wanted to. That is not too much for gaining the ability to rapidly and reliably sow our seeds but we don’t have the bucks to invest just now so we will struggle on with what we have.

There is some more rain heading our way but, if it is not too heavy and clears quickly enough, then our ground will dry up enough to get more seeding done. One good afternoon will see 4 or 5 beds planted to carrots, peas, beans, lettuce, spinach, radish, onion, and at least 2 or 3 rows of spuds as well.

Aerron and I have also been busy with fencing and gathering firewood, boiling down Maple sap to make syrup and looking after all of our animals.  The gathering of Maple sap has ended and I’ll give you a summary of our seasons Maple syrup production next week. Two or three more days of boiling and then we will be done.

Still time for anyone to join the CSA but don’t wait too long as we can only have a set number of people, so if you have not contacted us then please do so as soon as you can. E-mail is fine as I check twice or more each day and try to be sure to reply promptly.

17/4/13  Aerron on the McCormick-Deering single row cultivator, at the end of the row and just finishing for the day.

17/4/13 Aerron on the McCormick-Deering single row cultivator, at the end of the row and just finishing for the day.

17/4/13  Backing the cultivator slightly to clear the tool bar. Wimpy the gelding is close to us. Marie the mare on his right.

17/4/13 Backing the cultivator slightly to clear the tool bar. Wimpy the gelding is close to us. Marie the mare on his right.

17/4/13  Aerron ground driving the horses from cultivator to wagon and carrying the double tree. Marie off to a head start thinking they are going back to the barn.

17/4/13 Aerron ground driving the horses from cultivator to wagon and carrying the double tree. Marie off to a head start thinking they are going back to the barn.

17/4/13  Maggie, William and little Devon unloading the wagon.

17/4/13 Maggie, William and little Devon unloading the wagon.

17/4/13  The beds have had a once over pass with the cultivator and are now ready to seed into with maybe a bit of work with a hand rake.

17/4/13 The beds have had a once over pass with the cultivator and are now ready to seed into with maybe a bit of work with a hand rake.

17/4/13  Looking up the fall planted 4 rows of garlic. From the stake in the foreground to the stake about 25 feet down, the variety is "Persian" and from the second stake for about 275 feet to the other end is the garlic variety "Music".

17/4/13 Looking up the fall planted 4 rows of garlic. From the stake in the foreground to the stake about 25 feet down, the variety is “Persian” and from the second stake for about 275 feet to the other end is the garlic variety “Music”.

17/4/13  The south edge of our garden.  Last seasons unharvested garlic coming back strong. About 12 different garlic varieties here.

17/4/13 The south edge of our garden. Last seasons unharvested garlic coming back strong. About 12 different garlic varieties here.

17/4/13  The perennial "Egyptian Walking Onions" Need to be cleaned up like the last seasons garlic bed has been.

17/4/13 The perennial “Egyptian Walking Onions” Need to be cleaned up like the last seasons garlic bed has been.

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One Response to April 17, 2013 Farm News

  1. Anonymous says:

    Robin Kirby at Devon Acres Farm.

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