It's snowing outside again today. I'm trying not think about it. Instead, lets look at some more pictures of progress, more pictures of green.
The greens are growing well in greenhouse #2. Each morning I take off the protective white row cover (seen here, crumpled up on the left) so the plants can get some sunlight. Then we go out again in the evening to put it back on. It's one heavy piece of agricultural fabric that reaches across the entire width and length of the greenhouse. This picture was taken March 23 during a heavy spring snow storm. You can see the snow piled up on the right side of the greenhouse wall. The last double row on the right was recently planted with radishes and turnips.
Here is a close up of the drip tape watering your new salad. Looking carefully you can see how the water seeps out of small, evenly spaced slits on top of the tape and then drips down to water the soil.
The basil (L) and tomato (R) starts are also growing well in the house. Notice how the plants are really reaching towards the light. I'm right there with you. Bring on the sunshine.
This is greenhouse #1 on March 23rd after Shain has broken through the deep earth with his broad fork. You can see how he has gone down one row, back on the next, and down again on another row, one step and fork lift at a time. Next he'll take the BCS tiller to the soil to make the top few inches of soil ready for seeds. We'll go through this same process with each greenhouse to get ready for the season.
I'd like to introduce you to one of the newer additions to our farm. This is a Guinea Hen. We raised a dozen or so of them from chicks last fall. If you come to the farm, you won't be able to miss them. Although, if you don't know what they are, you'd be wondering "What is that?" Yes, they look weird That is true. But just wait until you hear them. The best way I can describe it is that they sound like a cross between an irritated donkey and a rooster with something to prove. It's no wonder guineas are praised as being good "watchdogs". Guineas also have a reputation for being voracious bug eaters. We'll put that notion to the test this year.
We had another good week of progress on our farm projects. We worked a little more on preparing the soil in greenhouses #3 & #4. But the biggest accomplishment was getting one ENTIRE goat barn cleaned out. All in one day even, thanks to some gung-ho workshares. Whew! I hurt for a few days after that workout. Next, the "contents" of the goat barn will get mixed with the "contents" of the pig pen and chicken coups, and over time the pile will decompose to become the rich compost we spread over the earth to grow incredible produce. Mother nature in her finest. And I get to be a part of it. Thank you.