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March 31, 2018
Breaking Ground
Notes From The Field
By Derek McGeehan
breaking ground and making raised beds in the high tunnel
Crops are growing and spring is in the air (at least some of the time). The cacophony of spring peepers is now pleasantly deafening during the evening hours at our upper pond and the ground is just about dry enough outside to begin earnestly thinking about working it and preparing it for planting. Inside our structures we're just about ready to transplant beets and lettuces and direct seed sweet hakurei turnips and mildly spicy salad radishes. Peas are on the march towards needing to be transplanted no matter what the weather or ground conditions. The rest of the first round of crops including romaine and head lettuces, endive, escarole, radicchio, kale, cabbage, chard, spinach, and kohlrabi will be transplanted this week, the following week, or if the weather really takes a turn for the worse the 3rd week of April (let's hope not).
Spring clean up is fully under way now that we can spend more time outside. Fencelines are being repaired and spared of vegetative weight. A big job this past week was moving 800 feet of fence to the other side of our 2.5-acre pollinator habitat so we could better interact with it during the growing season. We're thinking a mowed path through it will allow members to appreciate its natural native beauty throughout the growing season while its profusion of flowers are present. This space is a big benefit to the farm for many reasons including natural pest control, as a home for native pollinators, and nesting area for birds.
watering transplants in the greenhouse
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