Or maybe I should write, "dirty vegetable farm", 'tho we girls did get pretty dirty during the harvest. The lettuce we harvested this morning for the CSA had more soil on it than usual. The much needed rain earlier this week -- about an inch on the farm -- came down hard, and it splashed … Continue reading Dirty Girl Farm and Healthy Soil
Much of our one acre is now planted: alliums of every type, an array of leafy greens, plus beans, beets, carrots, hakurei turnips, kohlrabi, peas, radishes. Some of these veggies are under agricultural row cover to speed their growth and/or to protect them from pests. The hoop house is filled with tomato, eggplant and pepper … Continue reading May Farm Update
In addition to weeding carrots, dill and cilantro, we harvested some rocks today.
Liz Green, 2008 Belmont CSA farm intern extraordinaire, drives tractor, transplants at the speed of light, hoes enthusiastically AND she writes! Check out Liz's blog: http://www.lizgreen.blogspot.com/Justin Deri, our talented 2007 assistant grower, is managing his own farm and CSA in Maine this year. Here's his farm's web site: http://www.derifarm.com/farm.html
On Thursday we transplanted three beds of brassicas - kale, napa cabbage, bok choy and kohlrabi. Then we covered these beds with row cover to protect the seedlings from pests (woodchucks, rabbits and flea beatles). As soon as the field dries out we'll t'plant all the storage onions and leeks, and the first plantings of … Continue reading Transplanting
Did I mention that I uncovered a lot of rocks when I was plowing? CSA shareholders, friends and family are invited to help pick rocks on the next shareholder volunteer day, Saturday, April 19, 10:00-noon. Those who really want to can take home a rock. Maybe two. If rock harvesting is not your cup of … Continue reading Rock harvest
Everyone survived the cold temps last night. The min-max thermometer in the hoophouse read 32 degrees this morning. I'm sure it was warmer underneath all the row cover, blankets and quilts that were over the seedlings. I'm happily surprised the hoophouse stayed as warm as it did.Farm neighbors Andres and daughter, Ainara, helped me plant … Continue reading Peas and Planet Jr.
I'm a bit preoccupied with the weather. I check the forecast several times a day. I pay close attention to the predicted overnight temps, whether there will be clouds or not, how strong the winds will be, if and how much precipitation is expected. I look at what's predicted for Boston and Bedford. Based on … Continue reading Heart-stopping temperatures
Earlier this week I borrowed a seven-shank chisel plow and plowed the entire acre. This implement breaks up compaction 18" down without turning the soil over. Less compaction creates an environment that is root-friendly due to better drainage and aeration. One reason I like the chisel plow for primary tillage is because it minimizes the … Continue reading Plowing
The last two weeks have been busy.Yesterday I finished spreading two tons of pelletized lime on the field. The process of spreading lime on this suburban farm is a bit different than in farm country where 10 ton lime-filled trucks drop lime directly onto frozen fields during the coldest time of year. Here's what lime … Continue reading Spreading lime