Friends came over for lunch and a farm tour (who can resist lambs and kids??) the other day. Since my husband works from our living room, I entertained in the greenhouse. I made roast beef and boursin cheese sandwiches with buttercrunch lettuce right from our greenhouse bed, lemon pasta salad and avocado with blood orange vinegarette. My friend Kathleen brought a bottle of her homemade wine. My friend Lora brought chunky brownies with a ganache frosting that should be it’s own food group. She provided this photo. Don’t we know how to party in the middle of the week?
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This season has been crazy. We had ten degree weather early December and it was in the 70′s last week. After two solid weeks of unseasonably warm weather, our daffodils have decided it’s time to show themselves. I’m not complaining, I’m just kind of wanting to dye eggs for some reason.
24 Feb 2011 1 Comment
If more than one plant comes up in a single tray compartment, I take my tiny sewing scissors and cut two of the three. If you try to pull the other two out, you run the risk of damaging the roots of the plant you want to keep.
When your plants have three sets of leaves, it’s time to transplant them. It took five weeks from the day I planted the seeds for the plants to get to transplant height.
We’re still two months from our last frost date so these plants are going into one cup sized peat pots. I write right on the pots with a sharpie. These are brandywine tomatoes (BW). I’m also experimenting this year with wooden swizzle stick plant markers. I’m writing on those and sealing my writing with clear nail polish. We’ll see how it goes.
Before you try to remove them from their compartment cells, water thoroughly. This will hold the roots in the potting medium and make the plant easy to remove. I use a fork to remove the plant from the cell and place it into the peat pot. Never touch the stem of a plant, just the dirt and leaves if you must. For tomatoes, it’s important to plant them as deep as possible. The stems will grow more roots and improve the stability of your plants. I fill the pot with a 50/50 mixture of seed starting mix and potting soil with a few Soil Moist crystals thrown in to help maintain moisture. They’re hard to find and expensive but we use them. I’ve found them both online and in a very upscale garden center (not near here!).
It’s very satisfying to grow your own food. Go ahead and give this a try, you know you want to!
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Sometimes we need to move a single sheep from our large pasture to the small one across our driveway. For instance, to keep an eye on an injury or to separate our ram from the ewes. Even with our border collie Jenna’s help, it’s near impossible to separate just one from the flock so we usually just have her move them all to the small pasture where it’s easier to control their movement. From there we just let them out one by one until the only one left is the targeted sheep. It’s a potentially dangerous move because the flock is left to run amok until we’ve finished sorting. Luckily, they see the pasture gate and head straight for it. This shot is from the outside of the large pasture. Good sheep!
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Carrots and radishes went into one of our raised beds this morning. I prepped another bed for peas. Those will be planted tomorrow. We’ve got potatoes on order, fancy ones. We only raise what we’ll eat ourselves and sell the remainder at the farmer’s market. No sense growing something we don’t enjoy. Folks around here in our small rural community are actually interested in trying unusual vegetables and love ugly heirloom tomatoes. We aim to please.