Tomatoes

I’m convinced that every year we’ll mess something up horribly. For us, this year, it was tomatoes. Boy we blew it! Way back in February, for inexplicable reasons, we started three-times more tomato plants than we needed. This meant we spent 3x  more time and 3x more energy than we should have. This inane effort left [...]

Transplanting with the Tiny Tractor

I love our tiny tractor. Sure it’s tippy and I’ve often worried about rolling it, but it makes almost all our farm tasks much, much easier. We’ve spent the last couple weeks frantically transplanting our summer crops and the tractor has helped a bunch. When transplanting we run the irrigation as much as we can, turning [...]

Early Spring Transplanting and Portuguese Kale Soup

Kale-Bush

Early spring  at the farmer’s market will be a tricky business. The things we will have for sale, when the weekly market starts in about a month, will likely not be the things people will be looking to buy. They certainly won’t be the things I would want to buy. Early May, with the days getting longer and the temperatures getting hotter, it’s easy to forget the season. Who wants yet more brazing greens or root veggies with summer on the horizon and everything in bloom? I know I”ll be craving soft greens, tomatoes, peppers and corn. Unfortunately, we’ll arrive at market offering kale (three kinds), chard, spinach, bunch onion, some head lettuce and a whole lot of not yet edible plants for peoples home gardens. It’s hard work to keep our early spring farmer’s markets from being a letdown to our customers. But there’s not much we can do. We are servile to nature. We are slaves to the season. There’s no getting around that.

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