Update

So much has been going on, much that I want to post about, but I’ve been almost too busy to post it.  I have noticed a similar trend with many of the other agrarian blogs that I follow.  But this is the time of year that one must make haste.  When the weather is right, you’ve got to be taking advantage of it.  Make hay while the sun shines!

I have gotten my spud barrel constructed (drilling holes in the bottom of a trash can only takes about 5 minutes – and half of that is getting the drill and bit).  The spuds have been planted and I am awaiting emergence.  This year I will be growing Yukon Gold potatoes.  As I mentioned before, I’ve never used the spud barrel approach, so I am looking forward to reporting on how well it works.  Interestingly, I haven’t really seen much in the way of how many potato pieces one should plant in there.  I went with four good ones.

I got one of these mini-greenhouse kitson clearance at my local farm store.  I think it will work well for my seed starts.  It is kind of unstable though, so I used pieces of 3/4″ pvc pipe to seat the legs in.  I marked the ground with the assembled greenhouse, then drove the pvc into the ground, and replaced the greenhouse, setting the legs inside the pvc.  This allowed me to get the bottom shelf off the ground and be a little more stable.

Saturday was the first day I could direct seed.  I had opportunity to try out my new (well, new to me – I bought it used) BCS tiller.  It worked like a dream!  I love it!  I also got a great new rake this year.  It is similar to one that is available at Johnny’s, but like the greenhouse, I got it cheap at the farm store.  Between the BCS and the rake, my seed beds were a dream for my (also new) Earthway seeder.  Planting went so well compared to previous years.  I am looking forward to more planting, which should happen tomorrow and Saturday.  The new tools are doing their job.

I have lined up a Saturday farmer’s market for sure.  We also have a friend that may add our produce to his stand at another market, so we expect to have good market exposure.  There is additionally a Sunday market that we can do on an as needed basis if we have produce to move.  Now, Lord willing, our growing will keep up with demand and vice versa.

That’s all for now.

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