Grand (re)opening this Friday!

The planets (and plants) are aligning; it looks like we’ll be opening up the farm stand on Friday and attending the Saturday market this week.  Our plant starts are looking really good and plentiful, we’ve saved up several dozen eggs, we have some finely aged jellies and we may even have a couple of veggies.   Oh, and freshly baked bread, of chorus!  Farmstand hours are 11-5 but check all the details including the full list of different plants we’re selling on the links bar right above the frog graphic
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I’ve been told that the weather so far this season has been the coldest on record.  Local gardening expert, Linda Gilkeson (whose new book is really good), figures we’re 3-4 weeks behind schedule, and this sentiment is echoed by every grower I’ve spoken to. 
The value of the transplant tunnel really becomes apparent in conditions like these.  It’s easy to get the tunnel up to 20C with the sun just dimly visible through cloud (and easier yet to bake sensitive new seedlings when the sun comes out fully and no one’s around to open the door and upper ventilation window.)  A few days ago, the daily 40% chance of showers forecast manifested itself in a deluge of water between 2 and 4pm.  The area around the new tunnel, already wet and muddy, accumulated large areas of standing water.which, happily, dissipated a day later.  Now it’s back to its usual wet and muddy.
Good reason to get the polyethylene cover installed on the big tunnel.  The tunnel has been my focus this week as I’ve built both end walls, installed a vertical post at each hoop and attached full length polytrack bases on each side of the tunnel.   Once the cover is on, the soil underneath has a much better chance of drying out.  As it dries out, rototilling the soil has more effect on killing the grasses that lurk just beneath the surface.  Another positive effect – hopefully – will be to send the wireworms further down and away from the seedling roots we plan to plant there in a month.  
Wireworms were our nemesis two years ago at Haliburton Farm and we’re determined to not be victimized by them again.  I might even get the chickens in the tunnel once its covered and tilled up.  I’ll have to watch what they eat though; if they take too many earthworms, I might have to kick them out.
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And, due to a long delay with this post (things have gotten a little -er- busy recently) I can happily say that with a little help from my friends, the poly is now on the tunnel.  Pictures for now, explanation another day.  Or possibly not 🙂

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