April 2017

We made the April 15th target in the high tunnel for our first lettuce planting.  Lettuce, beets, chard, radish, turnips, green onions all in by the 21st of the month.  All cool weather crops and that's what they are getting even in the tunnel.  The days have been mostly cool and cloudy with a little rain.  No frost at night for the past ten days or so but high temps in the upper forties to low fifties aren't warming up the soil outdoors too fast.  We've spread clear plastic on some beds to  warm the soil for the next planting of onions outdoors.

It is really just a normal season.  We haven't had one of these for awhile.  The cranes just arrived this week.

March 2017

All the March seeds have been sown, almost.  Jen will remind me I forgot dill any day now.  Lots of snow on the ground still and the high tunnel soil is frozen two inches down.  I'm planning on an   April 15th planting of seeds and starts in there.  We're keeping our fingers crossed and spreading ash outdoors to melt snow.

February 2017

The seeds orders are all in and the field maps are being filled out.  This will be our seventeenth full season with the HFM and second with the new food hub.

Once again our planting effort will be bigger than last year and the year before and so on.  The new high tunnel, first planted  last summer, will be ready for seeds and plants in April???  May for the rest of the gardens.  Last summer the spring was a full month ahead and we where two weeks  earlier than ever before in planting outdoors.  I just can't believe this will happen again but the thought nags at me.  

This season we'll be planting some new ground that was cleared of stumps in the winter of 2015-16.  A potato field most likely. Potatoes will help us condition the soil for future crop rotations.  Maybe in a couple seasons we'll have our dream carrot field.