not archimedes.

31 03 2009

The greenhouse is filled with starts.  In the middle of april tomatoes will be planted there.

Chickens have doubled in population.  We now have all these new chicken types: barred rock, black sexlink, light brahma, and speckled sussex, and golden wynadottes. Our two coops have been consolidated into the newer field coop.

Hops have been trellised using our natural surroundings.  Straight up a tree.

Irrigation is layed out.  Not perfectly, but there is water to the crops.  The crops which we seeded in Febuary, we are now planting.

Now we have a lot of marketing to do to get the CSA shares sold this year.  This upcoming weekend we are setting up shop at the Woodridge Wine release.  To everyone who is going to be out drinking wine in the beautiful Applegate Valley, and at Wooldridge Winery; stop by our booth.  We will be there on Saturday and Sunday.  On Sunday we will also be at the CSA Barn Dance at Hanley Farm in Central Point.





Post-Ides

18 03 2009

All the chickens have been consolidated in the coop in the field.  No more having to collect eggs from two different places.  Soon we are going to get another 25 pullets to add to this chicken palace after they grow into hens.  Somehow, we managed to lose 3 chickens when combining the two coops.  Well, shit.

The field is looking sandy.  But good nonetheless.  The drip irrigation lines are being laid down in their respective spots.  A flawless irrigation set up this year would be a blessing.  It is only a slightly more educated guess than last year.  It really looks like we could grow stuff well here.

Got some big lights to get a jump on our tomatoes, eggplants, and peppers.  We need to get our tomatillo seeds in the mail soon so we can plant them for transplant.

More drip line action.  More sandy ass soil.

BEAR CRAWL.  Hope she does the crab next!

Also, hailing from the Greater Chicagoland area, Tim has joined our outfit this growing season.  He lives in the garage.  Don’t get us started about the garage.





Sat, 1/24

24 01 2009

Our help has left us. We are feeling kind of caught up in the field. The next big project is to set up irrigation. We have no idea how to install it correctly. It is going to be only slightly less of a guessing game than last year. I am kinda of dreading it.
We have until about mid-march to get the irrigation assembled correctly. Until then, we will just let the dampness of Southern Oregon winters water our crops.
As you know, we are running almost everything off of drip irrigation. We are going to use some overheads for some densely packed cover crops and wildflower beds, but all of our veggies, shrubs, and trees are on drip.
There is lots of material left from last year to set up a system, but some parts need to be bought for new areas, and for our new fields. The whole irrigation plan need to be divided into smaller subsystems to control water placement more efficiently.
The upper/perennial garden is going to go on drip irrigation this year as well so our berries will produce heavier.
Is there anyone out there that can help us with this? Some outside guidance is needed.





Irrigation Schmirigation… and an article

10 07 2008

Just a quick update here as things are still in full swing and the heat wipes us out man! It sure takes a lot out of you when you have to get up extra early to start the watering and try to accomplish as much as you can before the sun beats you down. Chad finds himself up at 5:00 am with time to water in peace. The fields are on for two hours of drip irrigation… then when its off there’s a little time for repairing tiny puppy teeth

puppy

holes in the drip tape. We’ve had a few blows when joints pop out of their connections, which are a pain, but still easy enough to fix. Then one day Gabe was coming home and spotted a good sized geyser. Old Faithful.

When stuff like this happens we have to drop all of our master plans and take however long it takes to fix the damn thing. Water is that important with the heat we’ve been having. But our irrigation problems are common so at least we have that going for us.

The potatoes are looking really good now, so we’re putting those in our CSA baskets this week, and we think we have enough eight ball squashes for everyone and the last of the radishes for now. And we’re finally into the summer herbs – with enough basil to go around and some other tasty things.

Chad and Gabrielle are also featured in an article from the OSU (Oregon State University) Agriculture Weekly, along with some farmer friends over at Blue Fox Farm. Check it out here. And while you’re at it check out Blue Fox Farm’s blog.

And Sadie is growing.