Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This CSA box has onions, garlic, winter tomatoes, squash, the last of the sweet potatoes, winter kohlrabi, beets, and cabbage. Field Notes.  We are glad to see the snow; it will act as an insulating blanket and slow the descent of the frost into the ground.  It also provides a check against erosion and will provide moisture to the soil.  Seed inventory is done, and next we hit the seed catalogs.  …

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Snow Cover is Great for the Garden

Each season Ken and I look for an early snowfall.  If we are lucky cold follows snow and the snow continues to pile up.  While this does not make everyone happy, gardeners rejoice.  Why?  The snow acts a s a blanket to insulate the ground, and slow the frost creeping down,  The warmer soil means microbes stay closer to the surface and the earth’s warmth can actually slowly melt the snow from below so good …

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Seed Inventory and Seed Order

Each year around Thanksgiving Ken and I discuss our season to plan how to improve in the coming year.  We also discuss what we should grow more of and what we should grow less of in the next season.  After that I do the seed inventory to see what viable seed we still have from the prior season.   Then I start to go through seed catalogs.  I try to get the orders in early …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has onions, garlic, winter squash, sweet potatoes, cabbage, celery root, carrots, black radishes, rutabagas, winter tomatoes, and greens Field Notes.  We have some greens in hoopettes in the garden, and we will see just how they do!  This has been a season of extremes – 80 in October and a low of 5 in early November and this week may see the 60’s!  Ken has moved poultry …

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Pottery Classes January 2018

  EXPERIENCE CLAY ! Four Saturdays in January 2018.  9–11:30 a.m.   Four Saturdays in February 2018. 9–11:30 a.m. Ken Keppers, studio potter, teaches the basics: Pinch, coil, and slab, and glazing techniques;  wheel construction available.   GREAT GIFT IDEA Sign up for one or more classes at $25 rate per class Or all eight classes $ 160 Ken Keppers , 235 US Hwy 8 W,  Turtle Lake, WI 54889-9110 (715) 986 – 4322  kepperspottery.com …

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Canning Pork Stock

Our pork is slaughtered on farm.  We find it means less stress for the animals, and the waste stays on the farm lungs and stomach to be fed to dog, lungs to the cat, and guts are composted.  Ken eats heart and tongue; I eat liver.  So, although we are not quite nose to tail, we work to respect the animal and use as much as we can and waste as little as we can. …

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Poultry in the Garden?

Ken has been moving portable shelters and coops to the garden.  Why?  Well, it is not only easier to feed everyone in one location fairly close to the house all winter, but also each of the poultry breeds by their nature will help us grow vegetables more easily next season!     Geese will take out weeds.  Chicken also take out weeds and weed seeds and any remaining insects. Turkeys will scratch the soil and …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This CSA box has pie pumpkins, garlic, onions, peppers – some hot, sweet potatoes, winter kohlrabi, Napa cabbage, greens and parsley. Field Notes.  As the prior blog entry indicates we have had a 70 degree temperature shift in three weeks.  October was unseasonably warm and last week was unseasonably cold.  We are working with and around the weather.  We need temperatures above freezing to harvest greens or they simply turn to …

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Seventy Degrees in Three Weeks

This fall has presented challenges. We had some unseasonably warm weather – 73 degrees in October.  This meant it was tough to keep the root cellar cool enough for the roots.  Too warm and vegetables will either rot or start growing.  Neither helps flavor of nutrition! Once it cooled off, temperatures plummeted.  this made harvest tough.  The weather needs to be cool but above freezing or the vegetables thaw and turn to mush. This week …

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