April 9, 2012

As with most everyone right now, we are very busy.  The weather is more like we’re used to for April, with nighttime freezing and daytime thawing.  We have hedged our bets with the climate change theorists and have been cautious not to do too much yet outdoors.  No, we’re not the new Georgia or California just yet, folks.  This week, though, we plan on doing a lot of planting of seeds in the ground.  The farmers’ market is in a few short weeks, and we’d better get crankin’ if we are to have anything to offer those first couple of markets.  I took a walk around our place this morning to show what is going on.  In brief, we have gotten Justin’s top-bar bee hives full of bees this weekend, new broiler chicks (Freedom Rangers: from a French line of chickens used in the Label Rouge system well known in Europe), we will have overwinter spinach to harvest this week, as well as leeks.  The greenhouse is still producing lettuce and perhaps radishes this week.  Onions and brassica seedlings (cabbage, kohlrabi, broccoli, choi) are growing in their cell flats.  Solanaceous plants have sprouted (tomatoes, eggplant, peppers), along with lettuce, fennel, herbs, and celery.  We did put in some carrots, new spinach, and bunching onions when it was 80 degrees for weeks.  We got a ground driven IH McCormick 100 manure spreader to distribute compost on our gardens.  Basically, it’s time to rock and roll! Enjoy the photos:

 

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About saltforkfarms

A small organic farm in Iowa that raises Standard Breed laying hens and hybrid broiler chickens suited for a pasture-based system, as well as varieties of vegetables and fruit suitable to our Eastern Iowa climate. We grow food, we eat food, we sell food!
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