The nights are still cool, hovering around 50 degrees, but all of the beautiful spring rain over the weekend has done good things. The first watermelon seedlings have come up, so that means it is only a matter of time for the rest of the cucurbits to show themselves. Corn is starting to really germinate and emerge now. The pepper and eggplant transplants that went in on Friday night are looking good for the most part, although five or so took some slug damage. That's the
During our first spring on the farm, in 2016, I remember marveling at the huge lilac bush behind our house. It had the classic lavender-purple blooms, but that year it only had a few flower heads. The lilac was at least 10 feet tall and so overgrown. As the season went on I noticed a much older, more scraggly burgundy lilac close to the creek as well as what I assumed was more young lilacs as a hedge along the south side of the house. Last year, before the lilacs came out
Hello there! Who else is overjoyed about the weather we've had recently? This weekend was absolutely beautiful. My sister came up from Pennsylvania to help me prepare the new permanent beds. I can't believe how much we were able to accomplish. Three days, hundreds of seeds, and countless tan lines later, I am basically caught up with our planting schedule. I can't even express how much of a weight has been lifted from my shoulders. Produce will be rolling in fast through
Hello there! This rainy morning seems like a great time to send out some updates on the 2018 growing season. It seems that in the past week we have finally made our way out of an endless and bitter winter. The beauty of seasonal food is that your diet changes as the weather does; however, this can start to feel a bit daunting when all you want to do is get some fresh produce after a winter of rich roasts and stews and storage crops. Mother Nature sometimes has plans of her
It's that time of year where we start to get more than leafy greens! Those early salads are such a welcome change after the heavy, stick-to-your-ribs meals of winter, but there is something to be said for the addition of more colors, textures, and flavors in late spring and early summer. This is the beauty of seasonal cooking and eating! We're finishing up harvest of the second to last wave of radishes right now, and in another week or two we'll be done with the last one.
Every day, rain or shine, as long as the baby has an easy time going down for her first nap (between 8 and 9am) I head out with the baby monitor clipped to my pocket and do a walk of the farm. Today I noticed that we have our first few strawberries beginning to grow! This is so exciting because it is a reminder that summer is right around the corner. The rhubarb has been growing and filling in really nicely but a small amount of the stalks have unfortunately suffered some s