The farm is green again and we have started to harvest several different crops. We have loads of red rhubarb, asparagus, spinach, and green garlic. We also have green fruit developing on both the Haskaps and strawberries as well as flower buds are starting on the raspberries. The crops have loved all the sun after so much rain this spring. Keep it coming!
Growing in the Greenhouse
Everything is growing well in our new greenhouse. Yesterday we planted our first planting of the cole crops and lettuce seedlings we grew ourselves. An exciting step, it feels great to be producing the plants right from seed to harvest. The greenhouse is full of plants at every stage. We have more trays ready to go in the ground in a few days, trays a few weeks along, just germinated trays and trays seeded yesterday. So we can clearly see how the plants are developing at all stages.
Today I also set up an exciting new project we are trying this year. We are growing mini English cucumbers inside the greenhouse on a trellis system. We used 96 pots filled with high porosity potting medium and topped them with vermiculite. Then I planted one plant in the center of each pot. In a few weeks as the plants grow, we will put up a sting from each plant to train them grow up it. This is done to maximize the space. Rather than having the vine crawl along the ground, making a maze to walk through and find the cucumber, the plants will grow up and we will be able to pick the fruit without bending over. We are pretty excited about this new project and hope that it will yield delicious crisp cucumbers for all to enjoy. I will update everyone later on the progress of the cucumbers and include pictures of them growing up the trellises. It should look pretty cool in the greenhouse soon.
CSA Basket Starting
June 14th is the first day for our CSA share program. This means another year of baskets full of our fresh fruits and veggies for the entire season (20 weeks). We will be delivering the baskets on Tuesday afternoon from 4-6 p.m. or they can be picked up from our farm market. Expect to see fresh asparagus, rhubarb, garlic, tomatoes and likely spinach or lettuce. If you have not already registered as a CSA member you still have time. Log on to our website and download the application. We will be having a CSA Farm Tour/ Open House June 26th. CSA Members are invited to bring family and friends to tour the farm and learn how we grow your food. There will be a BBQ after the farm tour. Hope to see you all there.