Hey ya'll...have you blown away yet? My goodness the windy conditions this past week have made it challenging to get work done, but as a farmer you learn to work with the weather, or at least in it so you can get your work done. We've continued to do farm cleanup and now have a designated spot for visitors to park when they come to the farm and a non-muddy location with shade for us to wash produce this season! We have also done some tree trimming that we'll burn when we don't have to risk burning the whole place down! Brad was able to spread more compost over our garden plots, plant some cover crops, and reseed the pasture. We got an inch of rain on the farm a week ago and now with some warmer temperatures things should really start growing!
While Brad has been busy preparing the beds for the season, I've been busy planting seeds, seeds, and more seeds! We have quite the collection of trays growing in our lean-to-greenhouse and here in the house. The girls and Isaac have been my helpers filling the trays with potting mix which saves me a lot of time. We have run short on seed trays, so we started making soil cubes. We take our potting mix and moisten it, but not too much and we use what is called a soil cube maker. You press the moistened potting mix into the cube maker and then press into your tray and you have a nice soil cube to plant your seeds into. We must water them gently in the beginning so that they won't fall apart, but once the plant forms a nice root mass the cube is quite sturdy. Transplanting will be easier for these plants since they won't be disturbed going into the ground. I will be planting most of our peppers and remaining head lettuces this way.
It's time to head out to the field and begin the transplanting process. We have to use the power harrow to work in the compost, lay the plastic mulch and irrigation tubing, and then we can plant! We have lots of broccoli, cabbage, kale, chard, and head lettuce that are ready to get in the ground!
Until next time,
I want to be the best homesteader I can be, while teaching my children at home in the school room and outside on the farm.