Thursday, May 29, 2008

Here we grow

It has been very busy since our last post. All of the tomatoes are finally in the ground. The first ones mentioned in the last post are responding very well to the river silt soil and organic mineral ammendments. We hope that everyone who has been able to coordinate some fresh veggies, has had the chance to enjoy them. We now have a most recent update with four different types of beans(some purple!), more fingerling potatoes(which are sorted for thumb size and for medium. So if there is any preference for one size or the other, please let us now in your orders). We have picked up another full case of honey from our friends over at Empire Tree on Gordon Hwy. It is available in 8, 12, 16 and 24oz sizes. Vidalia Onions are still bountiful. Ask your neighbors how good they are.
Blue Clay Farm now has a table at the Saturday market in Augusta. Last weekend was our inaugural market. It was exciting to meet such an eclectic group and find people who were interested in local and organic produce.
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We are very fortunate to have this opportunity and look forward to keeping it up and bringing our own produce as we harvest it.
Thanks for looking. Come see us on saturday!
http://www.localharvest.org/farmers-markets/M22737

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Drip Irrigation 101

Blue Clay uses drip rather than overhead irrigation for several reasons.
-No water on the leaves reduces disease pressure
-It allows regulation of the amount of water to every plant
-Much higher effiency than overhead irrigation
-More water to the plants and less to neighboring weeds, means less work for backs down the road!


The first couple of rows were installed today on our drip system.









Monday, May 12, 2008

Irrigation

We started on the irrigation today after having the spigots (spickets) recently installed. The order, post-spigot, is filter (80 mesh), pressure regulator (15 psi for drip tape), splitter (for zone distribution), and then barb fittings to run to the 3/4" header off of. We are putting down tape, putting up fence, then putting plants in the ground!


Rotary Plow


This is the blade for the rotary plow. Notice the little teeth on the end. Georgia soil is notoriously tough. I talked to Earth Tools about these teeth wearing out. He said that you can flip them four times before they wear out completely. I told him that I had figured that out. He mentioned a man in WI that had used one set for a year. I went through one in 9 hours.
We are now beta testing some carbide tipped teeth from the manufacturer. More to come on that experiment...

Sunday, May 11, 2008

May 1st to 11th update


Still moving... The composter made the journey finally


Picked up transplants from Gaia Gardens!!!


Eggplant with a little flea beetle damage. No problem.


Tomatoes of all kinds. Brandywine, San Marzano, Striped German, Big Beef, Sungold, Matt's Wild Cherry, and more!!!


Peppers- Poblano, Pizza (jalepeno), Corno di Toro and California Orange and Red


Here I am, experimenting with some extremely raised beds. Look at the size of those!!!

That's All for now. Got to go get ready for a week of planting!!!