On the Cusp of a New Season

Winter is hanging on tight this year, but we see new signs of spring each day.

excitement for spring

Our potting-house is now officially a greenhouse, with central heat from the wood stove!

chimney cap

The stove was generously donated to the farm by my aunt and uncle.  It is keeping our seedlings warm on these 20 degree nights.  And what great ambiance for potting seedlings on a drizzly cold day!

heat in the greenhouse

Time to start ginger again.

presprouting ginger

Our shiitake project is finished.  We set up sprinklers for the logs to help keep them at the right moisture content.

shiitake production

The weather has not been very cooperative in helping us get our spring soil prep done.  Nevertheless we were able to find a few days when we had decent conditions for tillage, plowing, and composting some areas.

breaking new ground

We are expanding our production area by quite a bit.  This new field has some serious weed issues so we will only grow cover crops here this year.

sumac roots

Tilling in cover crops in the field outside the deer fence.  The wheat and clover will take a few weeks to break down before we can plant here.

tilling in cover

Another new field we’ll be growing in this year.  Time for some rock removal.

another new field

Composting the asparagus patch.  I’ve spent quite a lot of time weeding here over the past month.

composting the asparagus patch

This area of the garden got a heavy dose of compost.

composted rows

Seeding beets and carrots.

seeding beets

Row cover to help the soil heat up.

covered rows

Soon the trees will be covered with leaves and the garden will be full of good stuff!  I can’t wait!

late winter plantings

Hope you have a happy spring wherever you are.

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9 thoughts on “On the Cusp of a New Season

  1. Mary Atthowe says:

    And this is your quiet season??? No wonder we don’t see much of you! What are the flowers in the first photo? I’m glad you are planting beets. I had to look at three stores this week to find fresh beets.

  2. Doris Rasmussen says:

    I needed this “breath of spring” Meredith – we are so sick of MN weather here – we have had so much snow in March and the roads are icy. We headed out today for Rochester and came back home. I just see you planting and doing so much more – will you and Gavin be able to handle harvesting it all or will you need to hire helpers? It looks like so much work! Love, Doris Rasmussen

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    • Meredith says:

      I hope your Minnesota spring comes soon. It’s no fun traveling on icy roads! Wish we could hire help but it’s just us doing the work for now.

  3. thinkingcowgirl says:

    I love the picture of the wood burner in the polytunnel, fantastic! You look like you’re realy putting in the hours, it all looks so beautfully well organised 😉 Very excited to see how the ginger turns out. BTW, I noticed that your blog is not linked to your gravatar, may be difficult for people to find you…

  4. Meredith says:

    Thanks. The ginger is a great crop, but requires a very long season so we have to grow it in the tunnel. Then the harvest period is very short for the fresh ginger, but it freezes well, so we can enjoy it year round! I’ll have to check out my gravatar, when I set up all this I had no idea what I was doing! Computers have always been a challenge for me, so I appreciate your advice.

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