2017, March

Farm update – 3/5/2017

This week’s Whole Farm basket contains one dozen eggs, 1 lb chopped collards, a bundle of green onions, and your choice of cilantro or garlic chives.

For feeling like we’re getting to the end of the fall/winter veggies, we nonetheless spent half the day today harvesting. If not a boatload, then certainly a wagonload of collards were part of the reward for our efforts.

A wagonload of collards!

Pea shoots are making a reappearance this week! This specialty item definitely can’t be found in just any grocery store, so let us know if you’d like to sample them before committing to a full container.

Pea shoots

We planted the last row of Hakurei turnips, more radishes, as well as spinach and arugula seedings. Once the kale and lettuce are planted, possibly next weekend, our spring planting will be complete. The summer veggies aren’t too far behind though, with the earliest of them (tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, and zucchini) possibly being planted next weekend too.

Another good part of the weekend was spent getting two bee hives ready for their occupants. The hive kits come unassembled, in expertly packed boxes containing lots and lots of pieces. With plenty of glue, staples, nails, and just one band-aid, they came together pretty easily. We have them primed and ready to be painted, then need to pick out suitable locations. That will likely prove to be the tricky part this year. We don’t want them too close to the hives we already have, but much of the remaining property is subject to flooding when the Ichawaynochaway Creek is out of its banks, and of course, we don’t want the bees swimming or floating away.

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