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Week of December 22nd – 28th

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We missed market this week because of David’s medical appointments and the holiday precluded any farm work.

Week of December 15th – 21st

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This week, on the one nice day we had, I planted more seedlings in the low tunnel. We also went to market on Tuesday.

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Week of December 8th -14th

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Besides harvesting for market and going to treatment not much was accomplished this week.

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Week of December 1st – 7th

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The weather has been cold, wet and icy, but David managed to  put up a low tunnel. I planted a few transplants in it, but most of my seedlings are still too small.  They will stay in the warmer greenhouse for a week or so.

week_of_1decThe Strawberry plants are covered, the winter rye is growing, and the high tunnel and low tunnel have not collapsed yet. Now if we had a bit more sun things would be great.

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The new low tunnel

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Week of November 24th – 30th

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Cold weather, the holidays and David’s medical appointments were not conducive for farm work this week. We harvested for and went to market Tuesday but not much else.

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Week of November 17th – 23rd

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This week the deer pulled up several of our strawberry plants and a number of turnips. Now those beds are covered with Remay.  Two of our neighbor’s cows got out and trampled our garlic bed. Luckily we discovered them moments later and herded them back to their pasture before they could do more harm.

 

Week of November 10th – 16th

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This week Lucas finished tilling our main growing area and it was sown in rye. David planted garlic in the old strawberry beds. David, Lucas and our youngest changed the plastic on the greenhouse.   

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Week of November 2nd – 9th 

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Finally! The high tunnel is up.

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David straddles plants that have been covered with Remay
to protect them from frost and the deer while he works on
the frame of our high tunnel.

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  Our low-tech high tunnel.

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We manualy roll up the front and sides to allow

for access and air flow.

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Week of October 27th – November 2nd

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nnThis week we finally took down the Rattle Snake bean vine because the deer were stomping our rye seedlings while they munched on the beans. The vertical nature of the plants seemed to protect the beans from the frost but the damn deer beat me to the beans before I could harvest them.

We transplanted our strawberry plants from their old bed to their new home. If the change of dirt does not sweeten up their disposition we will replace the lot.

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new strawberry patch

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rye seeds and shoots

 

Week of October 20th – 26th

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Our sons came in and helped again this week. While our youngest emptied eggplant pots into one of our moved raised beds Lucas tilled.

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After shaking the dirt from the eggplant roots our youngest hauls the plants to the compost pile.

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Lucas tilling former corn patch which is next to our Rattle Snake bean vine.
I left the vine up to see how frost would affected it and its beans.

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This area will be sown in rye.

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Our former pepper patch will now become our new strawberry patch.

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Week of October 13th – 19th

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This week our main project was moving our raised beds. Our sons came in to help.

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Our youngest moved eggplant pots to an area next to our second raised bed were they will be emptied.

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After the boys left I moved the excess dirt from the first raised bed to the second.

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Week of October 6th – 12th

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We harvested and prepared for market, because of the rain very little farm work was accomplished during the week. However, our sons were here, over the weekend, and helped with some fall clean-up.

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Week of October 1st – 5th

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Our major project this week has been moving our raised beds over to our main growing area.

We are also continuing to harvest for our markets as well as kill stink bugs. I believe there are more of these little devils inside now than outside, from a farmer’s perspective, “It’s a good thing” (M.S.).

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