Ken’s New Chicks

Ken encourages broody hens. Broody hens want to sit on eggs and hatch out chicks. In our experience chicks with good mothers have a head start – someone to care for them, teach them chicken skills, and protect them. Once a hen continues to sit in a nest box over night, Ken starts to watch for a couple days. Then he moves her to a quiet, undisturbed area, places some eggs under her, and she …

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Piglets Have Arrived!

Each year we get piglets. Pigs are an important member of the team here. They are four legged rototillers. We rotate them from project to project. Some years the y clear new garden space, renovate areas, clear fence lines, etc. They love to dig! And they eat culls from the garden – lower cabbage leaves, broccoli plants, etc. When they arrive they are small, and Oscar takes on the job of nanny. This year we …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden! This week’s CSA box has greens – lettuce, spinach, sorrel, arugula, and potatoes, onions, garlic, parsnips, sun chokes. Field Notes. Ken is planting and transplanting and cultivating. Saturday night he transplanted onions while he listened to Garrison Keillor on his radio ear phones.   Sunday night he cultivated to Wisconsin public radio’s Simply Folk show. And today he is preparing for the arrival of piglets. Pigs are useful four legged tillers. …

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Keeping it Cultivated

Ken is one of the most consistent cultivators I ever met. He gets out once the soil has dried after a rain and breaks the crust and kills any weeds in the cotton stage He has several “weapons of mass destruction” as he calls them! He moves down the row faster than I can walk. It looks great. Sunday he listened to Wisconsin public radio’s Simply Folk show and thinned carrots and cultivated all the …

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May is Busting Out All Over

The flowers are all ahead of schedule! Most years the hepatica and daffodils are usually the first weekend in May for our spring opener. This year they bloomed about Mid April   The cherries and plums are blooming. We have a hardy bush cherry variety called Nanking. We have a couple types of plums.   The cow slips also known as marsh marigolds are also staring to bloom   And the trillium are right on …

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Spring Planting for Full Season Crops

Although Ken is always planting – he has to plant greens for the winter salad mixes every week – there is a transition to planting crops that will be transplanted outside and crops that are what we call “full season crops.” These include bulb onions – Walla Wallas, red onions, storage onions and leeks, and cucumbers, melons, squash, peppers, tomatoes and eggplant. These crops are usually planted and transplanted once each season. Ken starts all …

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Spring Opener Preparations

Each year at the start of May we have an open house we call the Spring Opener.  Pottery is washed and priced.    Fresh eggs and vegetables are available for sale as well as maple syrup.        Many people walk through the woods and see gardens, blooming trees, etc     The event is Saturday, May 7th and Sunday the 8th.  We hope to see you here between 10:00 and 5:00. 

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