Thursday, April 30, 2009

Spring has Sprung

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The first Red Thumb potatoes are out of the ground and delicious. There will be a limited supply at market tomorrow afternoon. Also coming out of the ground: Kale, Collards, Peas, Onions, Garlic/leeks, Spring mix, Dill, a few carrots, Beets and Radishes. Maybe a few surprises from the soil to boot!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Spring is on It's Way

This has been a lovely little taste of spring! Some of the early transplants of amaranths and basil along with a few tomatoes and cucumbers have been set outside to "harden off" for a few days in the warmth and breeze. Cover crops are getting tilled in and compost is a cookin. The wheat straw bales from Beech Island were a little soggy from the last 4 inches of rain that we got so some of them have been split up and layed out to dry. The field of potatoes has a full layer of straw mulch in preparation for this weekend's expected showers. The English and Sugar Snap Peas are on their way up and reaching out for their trellises. The cabbages, kale and broccoli have survived the most recent freeze after transplanting and are recovering with a little help from mother nature in the last week. The heater is set back up for these next few nights in the greenhouse though. There is still a little bit more winter left in the breeze. Keep those tomatoes, eggplants and peppers warm.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Planting Begins

We are readying the field for Cabbage and Potato plantings. Eggplant, peppers, flowers, tomatoes and some cucumbers are all getting ready in the greenhouse.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Feels Like 6 more weeks of Winter

It is freezing outside! Not in the greenhouse though. We finally got the heater all hooked up after some trial and error. We have cabbages and eggplants on their way out of dormancy along with some flowers and herbs. It is going to be a great spring! The compost technique is coming to fruition showing promising heat activity. The temp topped out at 154 this weekend. Temperatures this high can help kill of weed seeds and soil born pathogens as well as pests. Aeration and arrangement have proven to be essential in getting this right. Not all compost needs to get this hot to break down, but doing so can be very beneficial.

Stay warm!


Thursday, January 22, 2009

Winter Update

Here we have an couple of shots including: Tilling in a rye and vetch cover crop to prepare for potato planting. Some evidence of deer intrusion. Site and greenhouse status. SNOW!!! okay, it only flurried and none of it stuck, but we did get to see some flakes and for an extended period of time which is a big deal this far south!

Happy New Year!