This has been a very busy week for us as we try to get as much planted and seeded as we can and also try to get ahead of weeds. We have had a lot of help from volunteers and from some of the CSA working shares. Thanks very much to Anca, Jennifer, Jim, Ken, Mihaela, Khanh and Shawn for spending time doing what can sometimes be tedious and very time consuming work. Planting and seeding is all done by hand so nothing really goes in quickly. The beds are made, but very roughly, with the horses pulling the single row cultivator with a drum roller attached behind to flatten and break lumps. We then have to use various hand tools, depending on what is going in, to do the final prep work for seeding or transplanting.Tools include rakes, shovels, wheel hoes with different attachments and plant spacing marker. To get ready for a tiny seed such as carrots we need to do a more careful bed preparation and then lay boards over the seed and mulch the bed heavily. Most everything needs to be watered and sometimes the watering is done into the row beforehand with transplants as well as after seeding or transplanting is complete.
The cows, sheep and horses are on pasture though only the cows are being rotated through properly, The main flock of chickens still needs to have another run set up to get them on fresh pasture. So more time in setting up, checking and maintaining fences.
The garden is looking very good and though some things have gone in late we will catch up soon and in a short few weeks will have lots of fresh veggies for the CSA members. We will try to load pictures here but of late WordPress has not been loading properly. I can’t get the picture up that I want. Check our Facebook page too as we might be able to load more photos there.