Last Week of April 2016

This time of year always seems to come on so fast.  It's snowing still, and then suddenly it's warm and you're already behind schedule!  I've been planting spring crops for about two weeks.  Onions are in the ground, four varieties this year.  I've also planted some spinach, radicchio, romaine, beets, and scallions.  Radishes, dill, and cilantro were seeded yesterday and the garlic, put in last fall, is looking solid.
One of the biggest challenges to growing vegetables organically is keeping up with weeding.  This year, we're using a product called Bio360, which functions similarly to black plastic mulch, but is made from non-GMO corn.

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Our warm season transplants are looking well.  This year we doubled our seed starting area by adding a small unheated greenhouse.

 Geraniums, petunias and tomatoes in the outdoor greenhouse. We also started strawberries in hanging baskets - can you see them below?

Geraniums, petunias and tomatoes in the outdoor greenhouse. We also started strawberries in hanging baskets - can you see them below?

 Basil and brussels sprouts indoors under the grow lights

Basil and brussels sprouts indoors under the grow lights

We are anxiously awaiting baby bunnies!  Our doe Brandi is scheduled to kindle next weekend.  

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And Jenny the Buff Orpington has decided to go broody!  When I went out to gather eggs on Friday afternoon she was no where in sight.  I found her sitting in a nest box, looking intent.  

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Our first batch of broiler chicks is due to arrive Wednesday.  Have a wonderful week.

 

Leah