February 24, 2016
This is a very busy time of year for us. Though it has been unfortunate that we have yet to have 24 hours without any rain. We are quite a bit behind on preparing our feilds for spring planting! Luckily we were able to fill up our double hoophouse last fall and things are looking nice in there now. Fava beans, spinach, kohlrabi, swiss chard, chinese cabbage, garlic and onions are slowly but surely growing for spring harvest.
I have also been busy putting together a seed starting hoophouse, so that even with the less than ideal weather we can give a nice start to our plants. We have never really been able to get a manure fueled heat bench running correctly, so this year we opted for a DYI electrical heated propagation table. Though we hate to be using electricity for our organic seedlings, the benefits of starting as many of our own seedlings as possible as soon as possible has convinced us that this was the way to go. Using affordable mostly recycled materials we were able to build a 2.5m X 1.25 heated bench for around 80 euros. Large enough to start 2,400 seedlings at once. Within a week I had filled the whole thing, with tomatoes, peppers, beets, edible flowers, scallions, herbs and cabbage, and within a few days most of the seeds had sprouted!
I have since built another table for sub-irrigation and am contemplating building another heated bench since I am already out of space! There is something so pleasing about this time of year, seeing all of the seedlings coming out of the soil is so hopeful. Here's to new beginnings!
October 14, 2015
Phew! Where has the year gone?! They say that time flies when you are having fun, in our case it is because we were so busy! We are slowly winding down our growing season, and ready to attack our soil preparations for the spring season. All the while conserving as much as our summer bounty as possible for the upcoming rainy winter months. Next week is the end of our vegetable baskets for the season until February or March 2016, and we hope to use our extra time to finish many of our unfinished construction projects around the farm.
April 22, 2015
March 16, 2015
Spring is officially on its way and suddenly we can feel our sap stirring at our roots. Buds are starting to appear everywhere and the Camellias and Daffodils are in flower. We can't help but feel more positive about the start of the season. Despite the suffocating amounts of work we are managing to get more things done everyday.
The first round of tomatoes and basil have been transplanted into pots, lettuce, mesclun, radishes and spinach are growing readily, and we continue to seed soil blocks as often as possible. A big spring cleaning as begun in the upper greenhouse and things are starting to take form again! Kenan is juggling to make moving our double-hooped greenhouse possible before the end of April, hoping to have better exposition and irrigation to host our abundance of tomato plants.