Monday, June 27, 2016

Garden progress - greens and squash

We made some good progress today, 2 more sections planted. Only 2 left to go!

These 2 sections each have rows, 120 yards long.

Section 1 = grey zuchini
Section 2 = kale, parsley, dandelion, swiss chard

The first 2 sections are about to sprout, those are the 16 rows per section of 65 yards each

Section 3 = watermelon
Section 4 = pumpkin

Hopefully we will finish the last 2 section with lettuce tomorrow, if my feet hold up! Doing the math brings a realization that today alone required walking about 3 miles ... in loose dirt much like beach sand. Wow is that tiring!!!

But now its on autopilot, just keep the lines over the rows (they tend to stretch in this heat and move around a bit) and adjust the water as they sprout.

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"Linney" the line walker

Meet "linney" .... the line walker.

Linney (yes, we name our favorite tools) is going to save our backs today!

Our method of seeding and sprouting in the ground using only drip lines, in very long rows (100+ yards long) REQUIRES VERY STRAIGHT SEED ROWS AND DRIP LINES. The drip line must lie right over the seeds.. within a couple inches. For long rows that is a challenge. We have done this by "walking the lines". This is a back breaking process of bending half over like a save man, and letting the lines drape over a hand while walking at a steady pace down the entire row without stopping. Not pleasant!

Linney arrived today to allow someone to walk straight up holding his upper handle while the drip line rolls across the spool just inches over the seed row and dropping nicely in place.

We LOVE linney!

Just some old pipe, an old wire spool, and some fittings. Basically "junk" that today, planting 3200 yards of seeds, will be the star of the show!

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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Garden progress

Finally... Some garden progress to report. With all the goings on around here with finances we shifted from "wow this us early for a summer garden" to "oh my... Almost too late!". But there seems just enough time left for one good harvest before a freeze. So we knuckled down and got some seeds in the ground.

As of tonight, there are:
7 rows of heirloom watermelon,
9 rows of crenshaw melons,
16 rows of heirloom pumkins

This year the rows are 65 yards only, but that should be enough.

This week we will concentrate in the greens and squash in the long 110 yard rows.

The seeder had trouble again with the extra large Connecticut field pumpkin seeds. They are just too big for the hoss tools seeder. Frustrating! But we got the job done.

As usual, if there is extra harvest , more than we need for the pigs, we will offer the extra for sale to customers.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Samples at medford food coop

We are celebrating "meat week" at the medford food coop today with free samples of our most popular sausages! If you are in the area, come by and try some.

Our meats will be stocked on the shelves for sale also, can't miss the bright yellow labels!

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Scratch back in stock

We have both three grain scratch and scratch and corn back in stock and available for order and delivery!

Great for chicken treats!