What a glorious spring we have had here at the farm. Cool sunny weather, except for the crazy heat wave that we had in the end of April. And then the hard frost that visited us on June 1st. The rains have all come at just the right time. Although we could use some now....
The peas are looking fantastic thanks to the trellis that Dan put up almost two months ago!! and all of the mulching that Elizabeth and Terra have done. Our potatoes are finally showing their heads and only a few of them got touched by the frost. We rushed to cover everything that we could on Sunday night - the prediction was for temperatures in the low 30's. YIKES! We had just put in 80 BEAUTIFUL Heirloom tomato plants...
With the help of my father, Anya, Alice, Terra and Dan we were able to get all of the tomatoes covered along with all of the rogue lettuces hanging around the pod garden and the middle garden. We just didn't have enough re-may for the cole crops. But, they are supposed to be cold hardy so I said a little blessing of protection and went to bed. Unfortunately many of the tomato plants got bitten by the frost weighing down the re-may until it touched their leaves and then burned them. I replaced as many as I thought necessary today. And our cauliflower looks pretty bad. AND the Asparagus that was up was damaged. Amazing to see how many perennials made it untouched.
We have been very busy getting bush beans planted. Cukes were transplanted yesterday. Tons of flowers were both transplanted in and sowed directly into their places. Sunflower seed saved from last year - Alice sowed it into the pod garden. Terra transplanted the perennial herbs that I started this year: feverfew, hyssop, and lemon balm. She also put in the globe amaranth and replaced some damaged Celosia plants on the perimeter. Anya, Alice and Elizabeth put the melons in - muskmelon and watermelon. And put the remainder of the leek transplants in that came back from the dead.
Anya made an incredible lunch - frittata, lentil salad, green salad, fresh bread. Then after lunch we returned to the garden to make hills in the newly turned middle garden to plant all of our winter squash with a row of flowers in between.
Tomorrow we plant pole beans, pumpkins and corn...and hopefully some more flowers!
Some friends came over for our weekly potluck Thursday and we walked with some homemade beer while the kids ran around and pretended we were giants!! More delicious garden fare from Anna and Brendan's gardens graced our supper table and the day was more than complete. Can't wait to do it all again tomorrow!
Some pictures are on the way - I will ask our apprentices to post some of their thoughts as well!!
Write us and let us know how your spring is going and what you are doing.
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