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!
The first new seed catalog came in three weeks ago, but the first from the two seed companies I mostly use arrived on Friday. Today, I took a quick look, checking to see what's new, but mainly making sure that reliable stand-bys are still around. Dusky eggplant, that manages to … [Read more...] about Hitting the books
Ahhh, something new on the farmers' market stand: BEANS in three colors (we had the first green beans last week)! There's yellow (Indy Gold), purple (Royal Burgundy), and of course, green (Jade). One way I watch the season unfold is through the debut market days for the headliner … [Read more...] about What’s new at the farmers’ market…
We haven't had much sun lately, but it came out for the top half of the day today. What a difference sunshine makes, if you have any choice at all, you certainly can't stay indoors (especially in front of a computer!). In my slow and steady exploration of all the many parts of … [Read more...] about Sun and silo
Finally strung up the electric fence to protect the corn from raccoons. Powering the short, hopefully sharp shocks is a solar-charged controller. The lower wire is place about 6" (15cm) from the ground, with a second strand about 10" (25cm) above it. The perimeter has to be kept … [Read more...] about Anti-raccoon measures