Archive for May, 2012

MECHANICAL PLANTERS AND ANTELOPE FOILS

Just a quick post tonight–before we head to bed.  The Farmer, and The Son, and The Daughter, and The Farmer’s Humble Wife have transplanted the last of the plants…despite the rain and wind today.  With a real good work system and everybody doing their part, we were able to put out over 2,000 plants today before noon.  THE MECHANICAL TRANSPLANTER is a blessing–and that’s a message from the plants who were cramped in their little cells in neat little rows in the small hoophouse since the middle of April.  I thought I heard them slurping as we stuffed them into the water-filled holes left by the giant spikes on the transplanter wheel.  Not only did they have THAT water, but The Farmer had anticipated their thirst and let them drink ALL DAY from the drip lines.

While the plants were adjusting to their new ‘homes’, The Farmer and The Son were foiling the antelope.  It was a six hour project, but the fence is around the North garden.  Last night the antelope sampled five tomato plants before they decided to eat one…BUT NO MORE!

Sweet Dreams you all–The Farmer’s Tired Wife

As we turn in for the night–All is WELL with the CSA.

Busy Busy Time of Year

It is a BUSY time of year–for farmers and students and athletes and families! Congratulations to all those high school graduates, and congratulations to the students who are finishing up their year.

I am happy to report that all the seed that needs to be in the ground right now–IS!  Tomorrow we will hook up the new Rain-Flo transplanter, put two live bodies on the back in comfy seats, fill the water tanks, load the trays, and take off!  There are 16 beds of transplants–broccoli, tomatoes, cauliflower, cabbage, peppers, and eggplant.  If all goes as ‘advertised’, the transplanter will punch the hole in the plastic and add water; We (probably Kaleb and I) will poke the plant into the hole, and then the next, and then the next, and then the next.  Ooyyy…. I’m getting dizzy!  There are 2,856 plants to be put to bed–

Many of the seeds have germinated and made their presence known.  We are anticipating the first SHARE the second or third week in June.  The first harvest should be baby leaf lettuce, baby carrots, radishes, spinach, and beets…the following week we hope to add broccoli, peas, swiss chard, and bunching onions, and the ever present always abundant zucchini!  (Other summer squash are yellow and patty pans with the fluted edges.)  July will add cucumbers, turnips and kohlrabi (only a couple of times–I promise), bok choi, cauliflower, green beans, corn, eggplant, and peppers.  First week in August we should be blessed with the arrival of cabbage and tomatoes, though we may have some grape tomatoes in July!   Mid-August is Melon TIME!  September will see the ending of some of the goodies and the addition of the fall crops:  pumpkins and other winter squash, potatoes, onions, storage cabbage, and sweet sweet carrots.

Throughout the season we are working on keeping the lettuce, spinach, carrots, and broccoli coming.   I’m also experimenting with beets and beet greens.  We are learning how to use the hoophouses–we are hoping that by planting certain crops mid-season we can extend the harvest beyond the first frost.  Sit tight and hold on for this ADVENTURE!  Until next week–the Farmer’s Wife.

May is HERE: Part 2

The pump IS too big for 3 puny lines BUT not for 28!  The ‘we will get it done when we get it done’ WON–and I add ‘much sooner than I thought’…shame on me for not trusting in The Farmer.  The message from the real world is:  all the seeds in the ground had a taste of water–AND they soaked it up.  The high-flo drip line is just that–High Flow.  It laid out plenty of water in a very short time, and all is well at Lloyd Craft Farms CSA—Yours truly, the humbled Farmer’s Wife.

May is HERE

What to say?  We are crazy busy!  The weather continues to present challenges, as it does every Spring.  Last year it was the rain–this year…the wind and LACK of rain.

We did not get as much planting done this week as we had hoped for…No, we did not get as much planting done this week as I HAD HOPED for.  There is a difference, you know…I am the optimistic go-for-it person who spends way too much time calculating the possibilities and where-to’s, and The Farmer is the one who probably has one foot firmly planted in the real world…the world of ‘we will get it done when we get it done’ and I add ‘not a moment later or a second earlier.’  But even that view is not without fraught–specifically:  digging a settling pond and plumbing the 3.5 hp pump into the main line for the drip irrigation system.  The Farmer assessed the job and figured one daythree days later they finally had it ready to run.  We are still ‘testing’ the earth-bermed pond for leaks and holding power.  (And The Farmer has informed me the pump is too big to run for  three puny lines…out of 140…what non-sense is that, I snort!  But once again…repeat with me…’we will get it done when we get it done’ and I again add, ‘and not a moment later or a second earlier’…which optimistically–or realistically–translates into ‘we better get those other beds planted, so we can turn on the water for the three puny lines.’  Hmmmm…Whose foot is planted in the real world–??)

Do you know how small carrot seeds are?  Do you know what happens to plastic when it is slit and the wind whistles down the canal and across the garden at 14 mph?  We do!  And for that reason today we ripped the plastic off the three beds in the smallest garden spot (B1-B16–B for Backyard and 1-16 for bed numbers), before we planted beets, spinach, and lettuce.  After ripping the plastic mulch off, I promised The Farmer that I would be the weed gestapo!  The Farmer sighed…but he really should have been jumping up and down in glee!  The challenge is going to be keeping The Farmer out of my plot–he is attracted to weeds in a warrior way, if you know what I mean…

Well, that’s all for today.  A reminder that May payments will need to be mailed again this month.  Oh yeah…A SHARES REPORT:  We are content.  As of today, we have 53 sold shares and I am optimistic we will get the final 5 applications on Monday.  That is 58 mixed shares–an equivalency to 38 Full Shares.  In the real world that translates to 76 ‘baskets’ to fill each week with the garden’s bounty.  We are content…. 🙂