Ken Transplants in the Mobile High Tunnel

After we moved the mobile high tunnel off the greens, Ken shut it up so the air and soil could warm up for the heat loving crops.  Then he trans planted tomato and pepper seedlings       It has hot and Ken shed his shirt – not often does one see him without a shirt with collar         And of course he got a lot of help from his supervisor – …

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Hail, Hail, … and Rain

Tuesday we got hail.  It began to rain.  I checked the internet weather and  facebook-  photos from nearby farmers with HUGE hail.  We had just moved the mobile high tunnel so the greens didn’t cook, and now they were exposed to the elements.   It was pouring and with our metal roof it is hard to tell whether it is hard rain or hail.  I looked out and saw small random hail.  Here are some spinach …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has asparagus, spinach, lettuce, salad mix, beet thins, salad turnips, green onions, potatoes, and herbs Field Notes.  Ken got the poultry moved, the beds ready in the garden, planted there, and then got everything ready so I could help move the mobile high tunnel to its summer location.  It was downhill and went smoothly.  Then he anchored it.  Next I will need to help with the cucumber …

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Moving the Mobile High Tunnel to Summer Location

Now that the weather has warmed the greens no longer need the protection of a greenhouse, Ken wanted to get the mobile high tunnel moved to this year’s summer location, close it up and warm that soil for the heat loving crops.     The actual move is a short part of the job.  First he clears the track, removes anchors, ties up doors, and takes up end bracing.   When we are moving it down …

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Moving Poultry and Garden Work

Last fall Ken moved the chickens, geese and turkeys into the garden.  They clean up weed seeds and insects.  Chores are easier in winter if the birds are nearer the house.  And manure for the compost is already in the garden.  It means they get moved in spring to other, more remote locations     Ken had planned using the mobile high tunnel for the spring greens.  Good thing as geese wanted to sit on …

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Oscar Doing Fine

Friday the vet removed Oscar’s stitches and staples.  He was glad to shed t-shirt and leash!          He still has a big shaved area and a scar, but he seems more than ready to resume duties.       He is watching and coaching the piglets           There is guarding the mobile high tunnel while Ken anchors it down         And of course there is …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has lots of greens – spinach, lettuce, beet thins, etc. We also have green onions or chives, beets, celery root, potatoes, and herbs.       Field and Farm Notes.  Thank you to all who came out to our Spring Opener!  Ken has been moving poultry so he can get into the garden.  Oscar usually circles the coop so the chickens can’t “escape,” but with the vet’s …

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Rug Progress

I am excited about this rug! When I got the request for grey rugs I had wondered how I would make a good looking grey rug – not dingy or boring.       I saw a photo of this pattern in other colors and it appealed to me as I love uneven somewhat random inlays of contrast color.  Here is the 12 inch pattern I will repeat.

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Spring Opener This Weekend

This year our Spring opener is Saturday May 6th and Sunday May 7th 10 – 5 both days.  We have joined the Earth Arts tour again this year       We have pottery for sale           We will have produce for sale And Joyce Halvorson will be here demonstrating black smithing and selling her work  

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Piglets Have Arrived!

Each season we get piglets.  They are part of our farm team.  Pigs love to dig.  So Ken decides which digging project they do each year: renovate a portion of garden or field, clear a fence line, or some such. They get new turf as needed all season.     They eat culled vegetables, so I cook up a pot of potato peelings, apple cores, etc. for them.         When they arrive …

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