March 21, 2016 Farm News

The usual garden view on Monday morning March 21, our first spring day of 2016 and it does look much more spring-like than the same spot a week ago even though it is colder.

The usual garden view on Monday morning March 21, our first spring day of 2016 and it does look much more spring-like than the same spot a week ago even though it is colder.

In spite of the recent cold, below freezing nights, the weather is very spring like and it is getting to be late March and here we are at the vernal equinox.  We were unable to put any more seeds into the ground but that is o.k. as it is cold anyway and nothing will germinate,  soil was mostly too wet last week as well and we were unable to work the ground properly.

A Barnevelder hen doing what hens do for much of their day.

A Barnevelder hen doing what hens do for much of their day.

The chickens are laying much better.  Those breeds that were not giving us a single egg all winter have been very slowly starting to lay and the rate of lay has been slowly increasing.  The Plymouth barred Rock variety that we have is not a winter layer at all, the Black copper Marans would lay about an egg every two weeks and the Barnevelder breed might lay about as much as the Marans.  These two breeds, Marans and Barnevelder, are not the best layers at the best of times.  Their strength, the reason that we keep them, is the egg colour, very dark brown in the case of the Barnevelders and a dark chocolate brown, the darkest of the brown egg layers, in the case of the Marans,  They are very pretty birds as well and the Marans are a good size, possibly big enough to make a decent roasting hen at a young age.  The ducks have not yet begun to lay but we expect them to start just about any time now.  They have not laid a single egg among the twenty of them, since November some time.

A kale plant, the dwarf green curled variety with new leaves coming in the centre

A kale plant, the dwarf green curled variety with new leaves coming in the centre

The Kale in our garden, the stuff left over from last year and not eaten by the winter rabbits, has begun to sprout new leaves.  It appears that nearly all the green curled leaf variety will grow again, the Lancinato appears to have all died out and not sure yet if the purple kale has survived.  There were some tiny lettuces from last season coming back too and most of the parsley.  These two will likely give us a very tiny harvest and bolt to seed when the weather gets hot in May. We’ll have new plants coming long before then. The garlic has done well over the winter with pretty much all of it surviving and growing good. The total amount that we planted may be somewhat short of what we’ll need but for the most part they’ll be good big and tasty garlic.  We have some 15 different varieties planted and growing.

A typical small share of veggies on a particularly bountiful week in September of 2014

A typical small share of veggies on a particularly bountiful week in September of 2014

Remember that you can still contact us if you are wanting to become a CSA share member or if you are renewing for 2016.  Send us an e-mail as our telephone is not working well with a lot of static on the line.  Also look at our Facebook page for more photos.

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