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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update for February 15, 2019 -- Rainbows, Full Moons and Bluebirds -- Oh My!

Posted 2/15/2019 11:57am by Cheryl.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!

When your morning starts with a rainbow, that's a good thing, right?

Yes, today started with a rare morning rainbow -- not sure if we should view it as a sign of good luck or the foreshadowing of the 4 inches of rain predicted for next week.  Let's go with the good luck, shall we?

A busy week here at the farm as we continue in our preparations for the full-tilt farming that lies ahead.  Raz House, one of our high tunnels, has gone from a chickweed plot to a well-groomed place ready to receive snap peas and squash in just a few weeks. 

 

We are trying a new method for our snap and snow peas this season.  Now that paperpots have been approved for use on Organic farms, we decided to give them a try.  This Japanese invention lets you seed and transplant in the same container.  The "pots" consist of 264 cells connected by a paper chain of various lengths.  We'll be using 2 inch spacing which will work well for our peas. Pretty cool, huh?

   

The typical method of using the paper chain pots is with a transplanter that is specifically designed to place the pots in a precise row.  However, with the transplanter costing over $900 (!), we found a more budget-friendly tool to use (less than $100) -- we'll keep you posted on how it works.

Our greenhouse continues to fill up with seedlings and the dance of moving seed trays on and off the heatmats is well underway.  This week we got the tomatoes and cucumbers settled in their new greenhouse grow bag homes.  Fingers crossed for tasty cucumbers when Cobblestone Farmers Market begins on April 6 -- and tomatoes not too far behind!

 

Let's Help the Bluebirds! 
According to the NC Bluebird Society, prior to the 1930’s, the Eastern Bluebird was one of North Carolina’s most common songbirds.  By 1979, bluebirds were declared rare and uncommon.  Human activities and severe winters resulted in a 90% decline in bluebird populations.  The continuing loss of natural nesting sites, the introduction of invasive species, and other problems faced by bluebirds make it likely that this beloved bird will always need our help.

A great way to help these insect-loving birds is to build nesting boxes.  Here's an opportunity to build your own bluebird nesting box and learn about the proper placement and appropriate habitat for these beautiful and useful creatures!  We'll provide all the materials necessary for building a "bluebird approved" house for you to take home.  No carpentry skills necessary! 

The workshop will be held on Sunday, March 16 from 2-5.  The cost of the workshop is $35 per person.  In addition to bluebird houses, we'll also talk about native bees and have Orchard Mason Bee Houses available for purchase.  To register, please click here and complete the form.  

That's the news for this week!  Enjoy President's Day Weekend and take a moment to look up in the sky for February's Full Moon.  This is the Full Snow Moon and it will peak on Tuesday, February 19 at 10:53 a.m. although it will appear completely full the night before.

Enjoy our first daffodil blossom of the season and remember this -- just 33 days until Spring! 

Until next week,

Cheryl & Ray

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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