May 1, 2013 Farm News

A favoured corner looking faintly but definitely spring-like

A favoured corner looking faintly but definitely spring-like

The weather has been perfect for spring planting this past week.  The temperature is warm enough for germination but not so warm that we, being not yet acclimatized to outdoor heat, will feel too uncomfortable working the garden.  Most of the garden has had a once over tilling now and we are really pressing along with planting.  The greenhouse planting is far behind where we should be as our greenhouse has no extra heat source and is generally not warm enough for planting into when temperatures go below freezing overnight.  we will catch up slowly,  The outdoor planting, seeding directly into the garden soil is proceeding quite well with such things as carrots, onion, spinach, lettuce, mesclun, potatoes and more seeded.  The early seeding of Broad Beans ( Favas ) had germinated by Tuesday. The garlic continues to look better and better.  The Broad Beans are an indicator of a cool spring because they are an early, cool season crop and they, in spite of being seeded in good time are somewhat late in emerging.

We have not yet heard back from everyone  confirming their intentions to have a CSA share again so if you are one of those do please contact us soon.  I need to get reminders out as well and I have been slow doing that.

So just a short lecture this time but I do have a few photos taken the past few days.

Taters, row on far left is covered, More rows waiting to cover. 4 and a half rows of Yukon Golds, 2 and a half of Norlands and one Russian Blue with about a dozen or so more rows to be seeded.

Taters, row on far left is covered, More rows waiting to cover. 4 and a half rows of Yukon Golds, 2 and a half of Norlands and one Russian Blue with about a dozen or so more rows to be seeded.

Same view 'nuther angle

Same view ‘nuther angle

The Tater Planting inspector checking spacing.

The Tater Planting inspector checking spacing.

Lots of seeds and planting gear

Lots of seeds and planting gear

Freshly seeded, nothing up yet, pretty bare looking.

Freshly seeded, nothing up yet, pretty bare looking.

The spreader filled with old mouldy hay to be spread, by hand, on the garlic as a mulch.

The spreader filled with old mouldy hay to be spread, by hand, on the garlic as a mulch.

Aerron and the team pulling the disc harrows.

Aerron and the team pulling the disc harrows.

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High speed pass. Actually a wrong setting on the camera gave this result.

High speed pass. Actually a wrong setting on the camera gave this result.

The disc harrows, 24 plates.

The disc harrows, 24 plates.

Sunset.

Sunset.

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