Monday, May 14, 2012

Farm News - May 14, 2012

Greetings from Solstice Hill! 


lovely lettuce in the greenhouse

Kelly here, with a bit of an update -- with the warm weather so early this year, the season is definitely getting under way. The first CSA pickup date is June 12, and will continue through November. We will also be at the market in Gloversville and Delmar again this year.

artichoke plants
This week was occupied, as always, with myriad tasks and activities. I am very excited about the mushrooms we started on last week. Although they won't fruit until the fall at the earliest (we may have to wait until next spring), it's always fun to try new things. We have inoculated several logs with shiitake mushroom spores, and will be working on oyster and lion's mane mushrooms as well. The inoculated logs are stacked in the woods, and we are working to keep them moist and happy.

a sea of tomato plants

We have lots of crops in the field. Last week we transplanted the summer squash, corn, and potatoes and seeded some beds of arugula, carrots, and spinach. Already coming up in the field are the peas, which are growing nicely and we trellised this week, beets, swiss chard, parsley, cilantro, turnips, daikon and regular radish, scallions, six types of onions, two types of kohlrabi, two types of cabbage, three types of kale and of course plenty of lettuce!


Coming up on our planting schedule are cucumbers, tomatoes, fennel, parsnips, brussels sprouts, and celery.

We have been working with a new tool, a raised-bed maker, by Nolts. It pulls and piles the earth behind the tractor, then smooths the edges and the top for a clean surface. This raised bed makes it a bit easier to hoe, and the extra inches are good for drainage, while giving the plants roots lots of room to grow. 


a forest of fennel
It takes a bit of time to understand the quirks of any new equipment, and this is certainly no exception. Personally I am enjoying getting to know the tools from their start at Solstice Hill, and really enjoying learning all this great place and people have to teach me!



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