Sunday, May 26, 2013

Tomatoes

If I could just grow one plant year after year I would have to choose tomatoes. I simply love baby tomato seedlings. Here are some seedlings that are full of promise.






We "potted" up via dollar store cups. Some we have used for several seasons but they do become brittle. These lovely tomatoes are much larger with in days. They liked the extra room. It is a good thing I didn't just transfer them to their outdoor bed because of the late spring frost we just got. 

I have a post coming comparing peat cups and soil blocks. What do you use to start your seedlings? 


Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Best Weeding Tool: Use What You Have

Having a garden doesn't have to be expensive. You need some tools but very often you can borrow, rent, and find for free (or really inexpensively) all the tools you need. We are a perfect example with lovely weed free beds (after a long winter) and very close early plantings on some of our seedlings such as carrots & onions. Then the weeds! Where did all these little things come from? Oy vey!

The best tool ever to deal with weeds in tight spaces? The lowly kitchen butter knife. Seriously. My best friend.





Happy Weeding.

The Rabbits and Their Greens

They rabbits are enjoying summer. They will enjoy it even more when we get their rabbit tractors going. Right now though I am happily bringing my buns fresh grass, herbs, thinnings, and even weeds.
Meet the bunnies!

Mama

Broken New Zealand

Junior

New Zealand

Baby Girl

Meat mutt (BNZ + Mini-lop)

Baby Boy (needs a home!)

Meat mutt (BNZ + Mini-lop)

Runner or Spot 

Meat mutt (BNZ + Mini-lop)

Only my handsome Mr. Cottontail is missing from the photos. He could care less about the greens. I have no idea why. He eats them eventually... sort of. Time to go and check on the bunnies in the heat. They have a fan but it might be hot enough for frozen bottles to lay against. 

I am really looking forward to Mama and Baby Girl's litters. Little bunnies are just adorable. We are looking into adding some new stock and are really interested in Heritage breeds. Silver Foxes for instance. Who knows what the future holds!


Friday, May 17, 2013

There is Always Something To Do: Calling Volunteers

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The to do list is long and some times overwhelming for these part time honest farmers.

Our solution is to keep a running list of what needs to be done, take a lot of deep breaths, and to be flexible. Very flexible and let go. You just can't hang on to what can't get done. Remembering we will get it done eventually (we always do) and put it out there to the world in case there are any willing volunteers.

When we bought this house and property we didn't have two little ones running around our knees. Getting our ambitious summer chore list completed was a bit easier. Every year that list is amazingly long and includes sweeping changes. This year is no exception! I mean... why stop now?

So here it is. Our list. Call it a "to do" list. Call it a "wish" list. Either way I am putting it out there.

  1. Finish creating beds. (Tilling, putting down paper, moving dirt).
  2. Move mulch
  3. Mow & Weed wack
  4. Weed
  5. Plan/Set up irrigation
  6. Cut down trees (yes we do this all the time on our own)
  7. Clean large rain barrels, move and set up
  8. Fix long bed next on south side of house (edging was washed out this winter)
  9. Create trellises
  10. Fix fence and put up additional panels (on going)
  11. Clean chicken coop
  12. Help build/modify old wood rabbit hutch into duck coop and adjust pasture for ducks
  13. Plant
  14. Clean greenhouse
  15. Plant kitchen garden
  16. Paint egg station
  17. Paint side of house
  18. Landscape front yard (weed around trees and front bed) and put in mulch. Plant annuals.
  19. Start additional transplants
  20. Fix compost piles/make easier to maintenance
  21. Help with new storage area behind chicken coop
  22. Make wood chips with our shredder for chicken coop 
  23. Help build new rabbit hutches/rabbit tractors
  24. Save (?!?) the asparagus bed
Certainly the list will grow but any help is such a deal breaker for us. A special thank you goes out to our faithful helper, Mike Gardner. Along with my (Lauren's) parents who faithfully help when they can; especially with child care.

And for anyone considering volunteering we can offer you food and drink and gratitude. You are helping local food and a small family farm get established. At the end of the day nothing feels so good as having enjoyed the sun and be a bit sore from good, honest work. 

Monday, May 13, 2013

How To Buy Our Produce: 2013

I just received an email with a great question.
Where? How? At what times, can I buy your product? Here is your answer:

We will be vendors:
Gordon Square Farmers Market - 10-1 p.m. Saturdays (Starting June 15th)
Kamm's Corners Farmers Market - 10-2 p.m. Sundays (Starting June 9th)

We also will be sharing details of our buying club when it is available. You can purchase produce without the commitment of a long, several week CSA.

Our eggs continue to be available only from our farm. Summer Honest Egg CSA shares are still available but are selling fast. Pick up of your share can be at the farm or at one of the farmers markets we attend. Occasionally, A la carte eggs are available for sale from the farm.

Our produce is also available with The Real Food Market CSA shares.

We are excited about our first season. We look forward to meeting you.

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