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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update -- Spring's Bustin' Out All Over!

Posted 4/3/2015 9:42am by Cheryl Ferguson.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday! 

We made it through last weekend's freezing temperatures with very little damage to the plants.  Thankfully it wasn't as cold as predicted and the plant covers worked well.  A couple of the tomatoes in Raz House got a little nip but they are recovering nicely.  The strawberries look amazing -- a few blossoms were killed but for the most part, they are looking better and stronger!  See for yourself -- lots of strawberries on that plant!

Strawberry plant loaded with blossoms

Working through our list of Spring to-do's always feels good.  One of the first tasks is to get the pump going for irrigation.  It's never a simple task -- more a process of trial and much error.  But finally (after replacing the housing on the engine) the pump cranked and water started flowing to the thirsty strawberries and onions.

Ray flusing the pond pump filter

In addition to water, our young plants need food.  Now is the time to give the garlic and shallots a good shot of their favorite energy drink:  fish emulsion.  Ray got the tank rigged up on the Cub and set forth with his trident to provide a tasty meal. Mmmmm....

Ray fishing the garlic     Ray's garlic fishing pole

Another plant we coddled through the winter was the artichokes.  We had noticed the plants starting to push their way out of the hay.  Yesterday we removed the mounds of hay that had protected them through the cold.  Some loss -- but lots of them were looking strong and healthy! Artichokes, anyone?

Cheryl with artichoke

Even though it is two more weeks until our markets open, we are starting to get a few crops.  Asparagus and kale are beginning to come in!  To celebrate spring, we will have an on-farm Mini-Market on Saturday, April 11 from 10-noon. Stay tuned for more information -- check out our Facebook page for any breaking news.

Early asparagus

Our fencing project is almost done (for now) and we'll have a new member of the Plum Granny Farm family to introduce you to next week!  We are very excited!!!

Ray putting the finishing touches on the fence

A few quick reminders:

  • Cobblestone Farmers Market at Old Salem Opening Day - Saturday, April 18
  • King Farmers Market Opening Day -- Wednesday, April 22
  • Deadline for sign-up for the Allium Adventure Club -- Saturday, April 25
  • Open Greenhouse Plant Sale -- Sunday, April 26

We wish you many blessings for Passover and Easter.  Enjoy the special beauty of this season -- the time of renewal and rebirth.

Violets of spring

Until next week,

Cheryl & Ray


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