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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update for March 23, 2018 -- Groundhog Day

Posted 3/26/2018 8:16pm by Cheryl.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!
It seems that we are stuck in the set of the movie Groundhog Day, where things keep repeating and repeating and repeating....  Instead of it being
Punxsutawney Phil repetitively seeing his shadow, it is our weekly dose of snow, rain, wind and cold.  With an occasional ray of sun to get our hopes up.

   

By the way, Happy Spring!

It hasn't been all gloom and sadness around Plum Granny Farm this week.  We finished Wally, our remodeled caterpillar tunnel.  We are SOOOO excited to have him back in operation.  One down, 3 more to go!

   

While we were in a building mode, Chris and Jonny put together a new structured bed that we will be using for a bramble nursery.  We will fill this with compost, leaves and used coir.  This will be where we plant blackberries and black raspberries with the intent of propagating them.  Usually we dig out volunteer plants from the aisles in the field but this will help us have a more productive place to grow our plants for sale.

Planting Brambles!
Today is the day we have looked forward to for several years!  We are planting 2 new rows of blackberries and 2 rows of raspberries.  These are going above our existing blackberries in beds that used to have fall-bearing raspberries.  We removed the raspberry plants 3 years ago because of the pest pressure from spotted wind drosophila, a nasty type of fruit fly.

The blackberries won't bear fruit until 2019 but we should have a few raspberries this fall!

     

Meanwhile in the Greenhouse....

We have to pollinate the tomatoes by hand.  An electric toothbrush makes a great tool because the vibration is similar to that of a bumblebee, which is one of the best pollinators of tomato flowers.

Our cucumbers are doing great!  They are loaded with cukes and flowers and we don't have to hand pollinate.  Betcha we'll be eating these next week! 

Just a Few Wednesday PlumFresh Slots Remain...
If you have been thinking about signing up for PlumFresh but you just haven't gotten around to it, time is running out!  Just a few spots are left for our Wednesday on-farm pick-ups and Wednesday delivery option (for just a $4 delivery fee, you can have your bag of farm-fresh, Organic goodies dropped off at your DOOR -- check our website for information about our delivery areas).

Don't miss out -- get your spot today!  You can register online here.  If you'd still like more information about PlumFresh, click here or send us an email. We would love to have you as part of our PlumFresh family!

That will do it for this week.  Batten down the hatches for more snow, rain and wind over the weekend and get ready for warm weather next week (please tell me that 76 degrees on Thursday is true!!)  Welcome Spring!

Until next week,
Cheryl & Ray

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