The season's weekly rain watch begins. Weeks start on Monday. The big 25 on the rain gauge is the magic 25mm/1" mark, the rule-of-thumb ideal for a week—an inch of slow and steady rain over a few hours, and of course all the rest, sunshine, that's just...beautiful. A 1/2" is an … [Read more...] about Rain watch begins
Archives for May 2012
Especially in spring, with constant seeding and transplanting, moving gear around the field is a bigger deal than it may seem. Forget stuff, even little things like a hose fitting or a seed plate or some twine, and you're heading back the equivalent of a block or two or three to … [Read more...] about Bucket loading
Fresh sweet corn at the beginning of May?! Wow, it's a miracle! After a period of mild outrage when I first started tiny farming, as it sunk in how far and in what conditions most of our fresh food travels, the knee-jerk negative reaction to the sight of long distance food at the … [Read more...] about Improbably early corn!
Rocks, rocks, as far as the eye can see. This is how the market garden field looks, before the post-winter work up. Months of snow and rain, have washed the surface rocks clean, so it looks worse than it is. Still, a lotta rocks, pushing up fresh each year. … [Read more...] about Rock garden
It's out of the moist paper germination environment, and into the wilder world of the cellpak. This is a baby golden cherry tomato—can't you tell?!—going into standard sterile seedling mix of equal parts perlite, vermiculite and peat. As long as the root hasn't gotten too long, I … [Read more...] about Bare-root transplant