Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Wishes

A number of friends have asked for our "wish list" of farm stuff. So without further ado, here it is!
  • A vegetable seeder similar to this or this.
  • Food scale (certified)
  • Soil thermometer
  • A broadfork
  • Unwanted perennials (especially food plants)
  • Old hay or straw bales for mulch
  • Windows for building cold frames
  • Reel mower (new or used)
  • Tilther
  • Rolls of chicken wire
Over time, we would like to invest in labor-saving tools such as the vegetable seeder. If you run across a good deal, we may be interested! Thanks for asking, friends. 

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

CSA, Week 1

We're off and running! The season's first CSA baskets have been harvested and delivered, and probably already eaten. It was so good to catch up with friends when we handed the baskets off. It's such a pleasure to grow for people we love. I couldn't imagine a better start to the season. We want to say thank you to our members and our family and friends for all the support you have extended.



It's been great fun seeing Facebook photos and Instagrams of folks unpacking their baskets! Thanks for posting everyone! 

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Lately, in the Garden

I'm amazed any words have made it to the blog lately! It's been a regular marathon to build infrastructure and plant the gardens. The slow-to-thaw ground, melts followed by snowstorms, and nearly all-weekend rains have pushed 1.5 months of work into just a couple weekends. We're caught up on planting (whew). Our soil test results are back. Much to our surprise, we have fantastic dirt. We have a deer-proof fence thanks to friends and family who have blessed us with their time, brawn, and cheerful attitudes. There is so much to be thankful for.

After a moment of relief at having a deer fence up just in time for the tender seedlings to be set out, we found the rabbits of Sherburne county had plotted against us. They chewed holes in the fence and brazenly grazed on the Brassica colony. Thankfully, they seem to be slow eaters, perhaps because their appetites were nearly satiated on fencing material. Only a few plants were lost, but talks of pellet guns and sling shots and snares were in the air.



However, a savior was in our midst. Behold, Tigger. The one-eyed, not-quite-pet-material family cat who has turned into a vigilant rabbit hunter. Thank you, Tigger. I take back all the jokes I've ever made about you. 

117 tomato plants are safely in the ground, though the overnight lows continue to dip too low for a tomato's comfort. What a strange June we're having!


Tucking the tomatoes in for a cool night

500 potato plants, about 500 onions, and countless plantings of lettuce, salad turnips, carrots, and radishes now grace what used to be the front yard.

Hundreds of bean and pea plants, around 400 assorted brassicas, the tomatoes, and soon, peppers and eggplant fill out the back yard. Herbs are growing, sunflowers are shooting out of the earth, and the cucumbers, squash, and pumpkins are slowly vining out. 


Scarlett runner beans, green beans, peas, and fava beans (L-R)

It's all coming together. The first CSA delivery is in one and a half weeks. 

We're on Instagram now! Our handle is @zanestreetfarms.