Preparing for planting!

 
 Lise plows a stretch of field.

Lise plows a stretch of field.

 

For those of you who drive or walk past the farm on a daily basis, our recent big news is clear. Over 3 acres of land is now plowed! Our fields dried out over the weekend and Monday we had the ideal spring day to begin our major tilling for the season. We used our three-bottom plow to flip the soil into neat rows, flattening out rough areas and creating the basis for what are to be smooth beds for planting.  The first areas plowed are for our first crops to go in the ground: onions, potatoes, carrots, beets, and peas. We create our crop plans over the winter which detail where we will plant each crop, how much, and what varieties. That way, when spring arrives we simply look for our windows of weather to provide the right level of soil moisture and off we go!  

Another change around the farm this week will be cold frames set up outside our greenhouse.  The greenhouse is now full so it’s time for some of our most mature plants to head outside. They aren’t quite ready to brave all weather, so we will keep them covered at night with plastic for protection.  Keep a lookout for our onions and leeks as they spend the daytime out in the sun and wind getting accustomed to the wider world!