May 8, 2013 Farm News

Sunrise, the week ending May 8

Sunrise, the week ending May 8

Another very busy week past.  We had a spot at the Grandelicious Food and Wine show at the Brantford Civic Centre on Friday late afternoon and evening and Saturday from 11 am until 10 in the evening.  We were there to promote our farm.  I was the one setting up and staffing the table but I had advice, help and company for many hours from our good friend Sam Joseph and I also must be sure to mention that Sam made all the arrangements to obtain a spot for us at the show.  We thank Sam very much for all his efforts on our behalf. It was very good talking to so many nice and interested people and were very happy with the positive responses from everyone. Having said all of the above, it was with great relief to get to the end because this event was happening at the very busiest time of the year for us and I was out of the garden for nearly four full days.  Two days were taken up with preparation.  But Aerron stayed on the farm and worked hard and steady while I was doing the show and we did have fine weather for getting things done with the exception of the high temperatures which we were not yet acclimatized to and it was then all the more tiring.

We planted a lot of seeds both in the greenhouse and even more in the garden.  I had to spend a lot of time watering the earliest seeded rows as the heat and the sun and the long time passed since we have had any rain is making for the top inch or so of soil getting quite dry.  There is some rain in the forecast and to be sure we did get a very, very, light sprinkling of tiny rain drops late this afternoon but it would be real helpful to get a good soaking, maybe an inch, that would do nicely.

So we now have seeded  carrots, parsnip, cabbage, kale lettuce, mesclun, radish, arugula, sweet corn, peas, chard, broad bean, string bean, beets, spinach, onion sets (3 types), greens, turnip, arugula and seven varieties of spuds and I probably missed a few things. Several things have germinated and are pushing tender little leaves skywards. Two of the beds of onion sets are well on there way as can be seen in the photos accompanying this text.

Hopefully next week will be as productive as the week past.

Much later in the morning and it is looking real spring like now.

Much later in the morning and it is looking real spring like now.

A favourite tree showing a lot of spring leaves budding.  this tree has appeared in several previous posts over the past year.

A favourite tree showing a lot of spring leaves budding. this tree has appeared in several previous posts over the past year.

This other favourite shot has lots of spring greenery, the cottonwoods are in the centre background.

This other favourite shot has lots of spring greenery, the cottonwoods are in the centre background.

There are seeds in that ground slowly awakening in the warm morning sunshine.

There are seeds in that ground slowly awakening in the warm morning sunshine.

Three beds of onion sets, 3 rows each bed. From left to right, yellows, reds and not yet poking out of the ground are the Spanish sets.

Three beds of onion sets, 3 rows each bed. From left to right, yellows, reds and not yet poking out of the ground are the Spanish sets.

The six rows of broad beans are coming quickly and the garlic at the left is growing fast too.

The six rows of broad beans are coming quickly and the garlic at the left is growing fast too.

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