No Dancing This Week


Farm Journal – week of

April 9 2017 – April 15 2017  




David finished planting the Green Giant evergreens along our border and tilled up the old kale bed in anticipation of being out of commission, for a day or two, because of his CT guided ablation procedure he experienced on Tuesday.



He was right! The anesthesia knocked him for a loop and the after procedure pain was more intense than expected.

However, on Friday and Saturday he made up for lost time.




We removed the winter cover from tunnel A and put up a critter barrier.







Then David weeded the cabbage and planted his 1st rotation of Contender beans.





On Saturday David tilled our tomato rows again and I set out about 100 plants. Then David covered them with netting for protection. He also worked up a bed for his Roma beans.


Grandin Village Farmers Market

West End Community Market

 Today – Tuesday – 3 pm until 6 pm


We will not be at market today. See you next week. 

see side panel for directions – click on address for map


Word of the Day

Cilantro –


is an herbaceous plant. Its leaves are the herb called cilantro and the seed that it produces is the spice coriander.

The two main environmental factors that influence cilantro to bolt and produce seeds are its photoperiod and its sensitivity to ambient temperature.

The photoperiod of regular cilantro is 12 hours of daylight. This factor, when combined with high temperatures of about 75°F, will induce regular cilantro to flower and produce seeds.

Planting cilantro in pots and controlling its exposure to sunlight will help to lengthen its viability.

‘Slow bolt’ cilantro is less sensitive to these factors and more suitable for growing in the summer. However, it will bolt and successive plantings are recommended.


Coming Up


Farm Journal – week of

April 2 2017 – April 8 2017  




David’s beans are coming up and will be planted out in a few weeks.

He also started some cucumbers and squash for market retail. They are just starting to break the surface.






The purple cauliflower that survived our coldest days of winter has gone to seed. This plant is an example of survival of the fittest and natural selection at work, with a little help from humans.













 The tomato seedlings are ready for market and the peas are in full bloom

David bought 15 Green Giant trees from Tim Belcher

of Rolling Meadows Farm and started to plant them.


Word of the Day

Photoperiodism –

is the physiological reaction of plants to the length of day, light, or the length of night, darkness.  There are three types of photoperiods or critical lengths for flower production, short day, long day and day-neutral.

Example – spinach – long day

It has a critical day length of 13 hours.

Today the day length is 12 hours 49 minutes.

Once the day length is 13 hours long expect the spinach in your garden to bolt and become bitter.


Crab Apple