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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update - Final Bundle-Up Edition

Posted 3/27/2015 1:04pm by Cheryl Ferguson.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday! 

The grey sky and wet roads outside the window are contrasted with the green of the garlic field and the red fuzz of the the red oaks in the distance.  Spring has set the plant world into overdrive -- getting everything blooming, leafing and growing. Blackberries are leafing out and the flowering bulbs are growing like gangbusters.  The hives are full of bees hauling in spring pollen and nectar.  And as usual, we will get our early spring freeze to stunt some of the growth.

We are trying to be prepared for the predicted freeze on Saturday night.  The strawberries are covered along with the baby lettuce plants in Daddy's Garden.  And as a precaution, we'll add some row covers to the tomatoes in Raz House.  Farming is done best when it is proactive -- try to anticipate what might happen and prevent any harm.  This works for dealing with the weather, pests, disease -- just about anything.  Of course, we can never prevent everything but by actively managing the farm, we can hopefully reduce the harm.  Not easy for sure.

Speaking of the strawberries, there were a LOT of flowers on the plants when we covered  them on Wednesday.  The general wisdom is that it is 30 days from flower to fruit. Based on that calculation, we should start harvesting strawberries around April 25!  The plan for strawberries this year is to have them at market and as a pick-your-own crop.  Stay tuned for details!  And send warm thoughts to our little plants!

Field blanket on the strawberries

Another blooming thing we are protecting is our little peach tree.  We got scions from our wonderful tree in Albuquerque and had them grafted.  We are babying it and hoping to enjoy some peaches this year.  It will be under a row cover tent with a light, for sure!

Peach tree in bloom

In case you wonder if farmers get much exercise, the answer is, "Yep!"  The week started with an intense aerobic and weight-bearing workout for Chris and Cheryl.  We have been coordinating a group order of supplies from Seven Springs Farm Supply for fellow farmers.  It arrived a bit early and Ray was at his PT appointment.  Unfortunately a lift gate, which would have made it easier to unload the 5 pallets of soil amendments and seeds, was not on the truck.  So we, with the help of the friendly driver, unloaded the entire load one bag at a time.  And then we moved each bag again to sort by farms!  That would be 10,000 pounds x 2 = 10 tons!!  The amazing thing is that we did the initial unload in 30 minutes!  Whew- an extra dose of ibuprofen was on the menu for sure!

Chris with the 7 Spring order

More planting this week.  English shelling peas went in alongside the garlic and the first batch of bunching, green top and bulb onions were transplanted.  We'll be planting the seed shallots next week -- this isthe first time we have tried to grow shallots from seed!  We have planted the seeds in trays just like onions so will be setting out the transplants into the field.  Here's Jen & Chris planting onions in yesterday's fog:

Jen & Chris planting onions in the fog

And while we are on the subject of alliums, don't forget we are now accepting memberships in our bi-weekly Allium Adventure Club!  More information and applications are available on the website!  The Adventure will begin on May 2nd and will run through November 14.  Thanks so much to those of you who have signed up already!

Allium Adventure Club logo

It's just a month away!  Plans (and plants!) are being readied for our Open Greenhouse on Sunday, April 26.  We have will have hundreds of Certified Organic plants available including tomatoes (36 varieties), tomatillos (4 varieties), peppers - hot and sweet (6 varieties), eggplant (3 varieties), herbs (11 varieties) plus baby ginger and turmeric plants and other veggies such as kale, swiss chard and lettuce!  If you are interested in a particular variety, let us know -- we may be growing it for you!!

Tomato transplants in the greenhouse

Until next week,

Cheryl, Ray & Gesti

Gesti on the bench

Spring Plant-a-Palooza!

3 Days! Saturday, April 27 (10-3); Sunday, April 28 (1-5) and Monday, April 29 (10-2)

Looking for the perfect heirloom tomato for your garden or an unusual herb? Come up to the Farm and pick out plants for your garden! We will offer a wide assortment of Certified Organic transplants including heirloom and hard-to-find varieties. There will be hundreds of plants available: tomatoes, tomatillos, peppers - hot and sweet, eggplant, herbs plus ginger and turmeric plants. The farm also will sell farm-grown blackberry and black raspberry plants along with veggie starts such as kale, lettuce and swiss chard. In addition to plants, we will also have organic soil amendments to keep your plants healthy and productive.

Our Online Store is Ready to Serve You!

Our online store is fully stocked and waiting for your orders! Click here to go right to the shelves.  You'll find our popular fruit-forward Jams (regular and gift-size jars), Garlic Powder and Granules as well as our new Ginger Powder and Lavender Sachets!  

NEW!  Local customers can order online and arrange to pick up their items at the farm.

 

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