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April 16, 2013
Kohlrabi starts several weeks ago; they are much bigger now

Kohlrabi starts several weeks ago; they are much bigger now

The planting has begun! I am off to a late start this year…late getting started with seeding in the propagation house and late getting starts and seeds into the ground. I had scheduled to start my first seeds the the week of January 28, beginning with onions. A week later, I planned to seed leeks and the next week, kale, cabbage and kohlrabi. Instead, I started my first seeds on Feb 26. I caught up that week and am on track now in the propagation house. Honestly, I am not sure how much of a difference it will make in the end, because starting my seeds in the propagation house, in natural light, instead of in my basement under fluorescent lights, has made an incredible difference. My starts are beautiful and healthy and strong. In the past, my first seedings of lettuce have almost always failed. This year they did great and are now in the ground, growing. With the weather we are having this spring, everything may be ready just as soon as if I had started them earlier. Or at least, almost everything.

The pea starts are more than ready to plant

The pea starts are more than ready to plant

The peas also got a late start. I started my peas inside, in the propagation house. I get better germination that way, than starting them out in the ground, besides the fact that I usually can’t get the soil prepared for planting early enough. This year, I started them two weeks late. Then, I had to wait a week or two longer than planned to get them in the ground. I had planned to put them in the other hoop house, where they would grow faster under protection from the elements, but we didn’t have it ready yet. Instead, one small field was dry enough to till and didn’t need much in terms of amendments and fertilizer, so I started there. I planted the pea starts the first week of April. Since they are outside, I am guessing it will be a bit longer than previous years before they are ready.

setting up the cattle panel trellis

Setting up the cattle panel trellis

A rubber mallet and a post driver

A rubber mallet and a post driver

One note on the peas: I use cattle panels to trellis the peas. I put up the cattle panels by myself, which is not very efficient. It would have been much faster, if I could have waited for the weekend and Steven’s help. But, since I wanted to get the peas in the ground, I didn’t wait. As I was pounding T-posts into the ground to hold up the cattle panels, my arms getting very tired, I remembered seeing a tool somewhere around the farm that is used to put posts in the ground. After looking around and calling Steven to see if he remembered where it was (he did), I found it. This tool, a post driver, was left here when we bought the farm and, boy, did it save my arms. It was so much easier and faster to get the T-posts into the ground. I wish I had looked for it sooner, because my right elbow is still sore, two weeks later, from all the pounding.

The hoop house is ready to plant. That is two forms of gypsum on the beds: powdered and pelletized.

The hoop house is ready to plant. That is gypsum on the beds: powdered on the left and pelletized on the right.

The weekend after the peas were planted, Steven and I got the hoop house ready for planting. Since the peas that were supposed to be in the hoop house were already planted out, I did a little rearranging of my planting plan. Last week, I planted lettuce, mizuna, purple mizuna, bok choi, endive, spinach and arugula in the hoop house. Next up are our main fields, which are almost ready. I am hoping this weekend, the last amendments and fertilizers will be spread and the first big field will be ready to plant.

I can’t believe how fast the days are flying by this spring! But, perhaps, with the good weather, the late start won’t matter too  much after all, and I’ll still start harvesting in the beginning of June.

Spinach in the hoop house.

Spinach in the hoop house.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Geri permalink
    April 16, 2013 11:26 am

    June, this all sounds so full of potential! I’m hoping to enjoy the outcome of all your hard work! Love, Geri

  2. April 17, 2013 12:16 am

    I’m glad this is all progressing so nicely and that the late start hasn’t mattered. I drive past your old place with a sad twinge every morning but you sound happy on the new farm, tackling new challenges every day and I’m cheering you on. Barb Scot

  3. April 19, 2013 10:20 am

    Hi June’s Corner…Gary Brzezinski and I sure enjoy your posts…..I envy your character….a character that is open to taking on new challenges….a big move….and a big garden….we love watching your progress….and am looking forward to eating some of your produce….how are the girls, we hope they are enjoying their new surroundings….Carol and Gary..

  4. April 19, 2013 10:31 am

    All the work you are doing is an inspiration!


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