cover crop

Winter Kill Cover Crop = Epic Fail

Weed patch

I am often solicited for gardening advice by customers at the farmers market.  We are more than happy to help when we can.  Home gardeners are great farmers market customers because they are hooked on the taste of home grown veggies that you just can’t get at the grocery store.  My #1 piece of gardening advice is “don’t get discouraged”.   Stuff goes wrong, plants fail to produce or die.  Compost happens, as they say.  Some people are green thumbs, everything they touch turns to garden gold.   I am not one of those people.  I am not always b

Winter Kill Cover Crop = Epic Fail

Weed patch

I am often solicited for gardening advice by customers at the farmers market.  We are more than happy to help when we can.  Home gardeners are great farmers market customers because they are hooked on the taste of home grown veggies that you just can’t get at the grocery store.  My #1 piece of gardening advice is “don’t get discouraged”.   Stuff goes wrong, plants fail to produce or die.  Compost happens, as they say.  Some people are green thumbs, everything they touch turns to garden gold.   I am not one of those people.  I am not always b

A Few Cool Days

Cover crop seeds

This week we got things done.  The potatoes are mostly dug.  I got tired of all that quality time with the pitch fork (the soles of my feet are sore from stomping on it) so we took a leap of faith and hooked the plow up to the tractor.  Since Rosie only kicks out about 10 horsepower (which is to say the same as a 9-14 foot motor boat, a 2 stage air compressor, and half as much as our riding lawn mower), she can’t pull the plow very deep.  It took three beds and a lot of sliced potatoes to figure out how to get them out of the ground without damaging a significant proport

Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?

"Are we done yet?" Rolo waiting for Jo to finish the harvest.

Why did the chicken cross the road?  To hide her eggs from the farmers.  Now that we have ended their tomato-eating fun by fencing in the garden, the chickens have retaliated by lollygagging around in the road trying to get hit by cars.  Egg production has dropped sharply.  Or rather, the number of eggs we can find has dropped sharply.

It's Weedy Out There

Jo has been weeding around the sweet potatoes

 

Tuesday I was hand weeding when Randy stopped at the end of the row I was working on.  “What’s that?”  he asked.  “What’s what?” I answered irritably, already knowing the answer to my question.  He indicated the row I was weeding.  “Sweet potatoes,” I spat. 

Our Lawn Does NOT Want to be Mowed

Our Danish Leghorn rooster

Things that are not working this week: riding lawn mower, push lawn mower, weed-eater.  Things that are working this week: tractor, Randy’s wheelchair, pick-up truck.  It feels like everything is broken, but as the above inventory indicates – we are about 50% operational.  The cool room was freezing up at the beginning of the week, but appears to be working now. 

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