Frost Warning

We’re expecting a heavy frost tonight. Rather than wait until late morning for the crops to thaw out, we began harvesting this evening. The fancy light system is a Coleman propane lantern on an upside down 5 gallon bucket – it throws light a lot further than you might imagine…. Continue reading

The Rainmaker

Every time I set foot outside today, it rains. Well, perhaps that is an exaggeration – it did hail once and there was that thunderstorm. It is sunny again now (and thundering), but the drill needs recharging. Not the seed drill, though I can see why you might think that. This particular… Continue reading

Finished Greenhouse

The greenhouse has been just about finished for a while now and is already home to some lovely cabbage and onion seedlings. There are a few more things to do – install more shelving, paint the inside walls, fix the spot where the rain comes in if the wind is… Continue reading

Soil Test Results

My inner nerd loves to pore over the soil test results. Most farms do not test every year, but we like to keep a very close eye on things. Yearly soil tests mean we never guess at how much lime to apply or exactly which nutrients are needed. Our fertilizer… Continue reading

Greenhouse Progress

It is starting to look like a greenhouse. We are using old storm windows that we found on Craigslist. Hopefully it will be warm enough tomorrow to get the frames painted. We still need a few more windows, but will block in the spaces with plywood for now. We have… Continue reading

Seeds Ordered Early This Year.

I decided to order our seed potatoes today. I don’t usually order this early, but something told me today was the day. In retrospect the day should have been about three weeks ago! Our usual potato supplier – Ronnigers – merged with another farm and is offering fewer varieties than… Continue reading

Mum, Look What I Found!

Sometimes things grow that we didn’t plant. Sometimes your children come running in to ask what they have just touched. Sometimes that child is old enough to go back outside with a camera and document the event. Today was one of those times. Some of you may have seen one… Continue reading