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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update - New Year News!

Posted 1/8/2016 3:17pm by Cheryl Ferguson.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!

Braying Brix

Brix says "Happy New Year!!"  And so do we!

Here's hoping that your Holiday Season was filled with joy and all good things.  We really enjoyed the opportunity to take it a bit slower and relax a while.  A bit more cooking, a bit more reading and just hanging out -- good for the soul!

But our list of tasks is quite long so we can't sit back and get too comfy on the couch.....

We've been trying to work through some of the list over the past week.  With all of the rain that we had in late December, we've been doing a lot of work under cover.  We cleared the greenhouse of garlic(!) and installed what we fondly call the "Inner Sanctum."  We partition off about 1/4 of the greenhouse and create a "room" out of heavy plastic sheeting.  This contains the heat in a smaller space and helps us save money by not heating the entire greenhouse (especially the top 5 feet of so!).

Hanging the plastic up for the roof of the Inner Sanctum  Putting up the walls on the inner sanctum

New Year's Eve had us putting two layers of new plastic on the entire greenhouse -- along with a great group of friends!  Since the plastic becomes opaque over time, you really need to recover a greenhouse every 3-5 years.  Ours had a good long life (despite kittens climbing it) for 5 years but we knew it was time to change the cover.  The day was perfect -- warm and very calm -- and the hands were many so the load was lighter.  We got the job done in great time!  A huge thank-you goes to Orville Woodward, Ken Vanhoy, Annette Helsabeck, Matt Mayers, Kay Bergey, and Chris Overby!!

Removing the inner cover from the greenhouse  Attaching the cover to the north end wall  A job well done!

We haven't just been playing with greenhouse plastic, we finally got a temporary shelter built for Brix.  She's not really sure if she likes it but if there is food inside, then it's okay!

Setting the posts for Brix's shelter  Putting up the side walls  Brix checking it out (with hay incentive)  Covered and hay bag in place

Despite the rain, mild weather then cold weather, the plants are doing well!  Raz House is almost filled with lettuce, frisse, kale and chard and the garlic seems like it is growing an inch a day!

Raz House planting  Garlic in the field  Garlic is off to a good start

That's the news for this week!  Stay tuned for a few announcements and surprises next week!  And don't forget to save time in your day for a nap... it's winter, after all!

Detroit snozing on the roll of greenhouse plastic

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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