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.