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We’ve been busy

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Many of you have probably wondered what was going on with our farm over the winter. With the blessing of the landowners, we decided to concentrate our whole operation to the north west corner of the property. In December, we got an excavator dude to carve out a portion of our chicken pen to make a new circular 🙂 driveway onto Rainbow Road and a large mostly flat area for parking and for a brand new … really big … farm stand.

Building proper structures has never been in our plans (or budget) but the CRD building inspection department thought things would be a lot less confrontational if we followed the building code for this large public space. So, thanks again to our carpenter friend Ron Schroeder, we are the proud owners of a new all-fir post and rafter open structure with translucent roofing.

In November I also built a new high tunnel for our crops. I don’t bother with detailed crop plans anymore – at least not this early in the year – but I suspect that we will use the original high tunnel for high-heat loving crops like peppers, basil and melons and the new high tunnel for more moderate temperature crops like tomatoes, cucumbers and strawberries.

One other thing: our friends Paul and Christina next door to our farm have generously donated a large chunk of arable land on their property for more crops (thanks guys). Once again, we have just the vaguest idea of what to grow there but I’m sure we’ll figure it out when the time comes.

Oh, by the way, we opened the farm stand today and have lettuce, spinach, arugula, peas (snow, snap and shelling plus sweet peas), mustard and pac choi plants for sale. Kale and so many other things will be coming soon!

Have you SEEN the forecast?

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After several days of below average temperatures (0.5C last night outside the greenhouse!), this next stretch of weather looks very summery.  In celebration, we are releasing basil starts and a few varieties of squash starts beginning tomorrow.  I wouldn’t rush into planting them out – they will be fine in their pots for a while still – but it is an option for those who have a warm location and a greenhouse.  Last year I harvested my first zucchini on June 5 after much effort and was rewarded by being sick of zucchini a whole month earlier in the summer than usual.

We now have all of our varieties of tomatoes on the stand but are starting to run low on purple tomatillos (which are huge), Black Prince, Black Krim and the Brandywines.  On the other hand, we have a very large supply of green tomatillos which are also huge and need to either be potted up or, for the brave, planted out.  Green tomatillos are reduced to $2 each or, with any $25 purchase, take one for free.

Our next succession of purple broccoli and purple cauliflower plants are now out and are going quickly.  We also have some new flowers including violas and calendula.

And have you ever tried celeriac?  Me neither but it’s out there and we should probably both give it a try, just to know.  Happy planting!