Planting sticks

5 04 2010

Sadie helped plant about 200 Zinfandel cuttings today. These will be potted up next year after they root in the sandy soil. Then two years from now they might make their way into a vineyard like setting of a mixed use small farm. I want to get another 200 Tempranillo cuttings as well.
Round 2 of carrots were sown today. Three varieties were planted: Baltimore, Parano, and Scarlett Nantes. So far everything that has been direct seeded has germinated rather quickly. Root crops are well on their way for the beginning of CSA.
The cover crop of Oats and Peas are knee high. The pea tendrils on the regular field peas are delicious; so sweet.
The lettuce transplants in the greenhouse are about two weeks out till harvest for lettuce mix.

But the challenges of gopher trapping and weed eliminating are proving difficult.  All part of the fun I suppose.

Lastly, there is the dreadful job of plucking off all the strawberry flowers.  Over the past 2 weeks I have picking the flowers off in order to promote root growth on all the strawberries that were transplanted.  There will be strawberries eventually.

In the Tub


Farm Scavenging

5 02 2010

The trellising for the first succession of peas has gone up. A 300 sq ft bed was hand tilled. Anytime now, the seeds for our snap peas will arrive from Fedco, the soil will be amended, and they will go in the ground. I am also planting shelling peas as well. I dream of peas and morels.
This trellising was all scavenged or donated from old pasture fencing, and I have a friend giving me some more. But I have to go dig it out.
I am getting ready to start the first big round of seeds for 2010. It will be mostly brassicas, onions, and lettuce. I am making all the seed starter mix that is based off the Elliot Coleman recipe.

Yesterday when I woke up I thought it was March

28 02 2009

On Wednesday, our friend Shelley came over and helped me plant some peas.  We planted most of the sugar snap peas.  It was nice to have some one else in the field helping out.  My friend Tim, is coming pretty soon to help me out for the season.  I cannot wait to have someone dependable to regularly assist me with this season’s mayhem.  Progress will be swift.

Then on Thursday we had some friends over.  It sometimes is a little overwhelming here, and a couple hours of forgetting about it all was needed.  We ate and drank, and got a small dose of socialization.


We need to get more crocus bulbs.  Although it seems like March, it is not even spring.  With more crocuses we could give spring the welcome it deserves.

Once again the subsoiler sneaks its way into a picture.  It helped work the first onion bed we amended.  The soil looks kinda nice, but it is still really sandy.

OK.  We are feeling very accomplished, yet there are mountains of work to be done.  The planting of the onion sets lasted most of this week.  We were not as prepared as we thought to be able to plant them out with efficiency.

It was too wet out for the mechanized tiller to work properly, and the shovel worked beautifully.  A 4×40 bed was double dug extending our allium bed to a total of 120 ft.  This took about two days .  Then composted manure was hauled by wheelbarrow from our neighbor’s house down the drive.   This activity took another two days to finish.  The actual planting of the onions took minimal time compared to building and amending the soil.

All of our brassicas are germinating really well in the greenhouse.  They enjoy the warm dampness; it has also encouraged the growth of some yet unknown insect pest.  The pest seems to have a taste for only brassica seedlings.  The second picture shows only little green stems of decapitated seedlings.  This is clearly insect damage, and there seems to be a few possible culprits: slugs, snails, aphids, earwigs.

Sadie, what a lovely lady you will become.  She was in the field with us rocking out to The Stooges, and eating horse manure.  We dress her real good in overalls and John Deere apparel.

Gabrielle went to the grower’s market and food safety meeting.  She returned with some interesting information about maintaining food safety on the farm for produce to be sold at market.  Most of the information we already know from working in kitchens, but somethings can be easily overlooked when you are outside and in the dirt.  Somethings that we need to keep in mind for farm food handling is keeping as many animals as possible as far away from the produce as possible.  This means dogs, cats, and all wildlife.  Another is having labeled food handling bins only for food.  We cleaned all our bins thoroughly last year, but we used them for several purposes.

It is called the Grower’s Market in Grants Pass instead of the Farmer’s Market because there is already a store by that name.  We are going to sign up to be at market this year to be able to have another available outlet to sell our vegetables.  There are still some CSA memberships that are waiting to be filled, so sign up now.

Lastly, we started planting our second round of brassicas, onions, flowers, and tomatoes in the greenhouse.  We ran out of our plastic flats for our soil blocker during the first succession.  We thought we could easily scrape together some more flats from local nurseries, but they all return them to the supplier.  These plastic flats are not cheap, and they cost well over a dollar even if you buy a hundred of them.  Instead, after much debate whether to buy some or not, I just started cutting all the extra plywood around the place to the exact size to fit 98 soil blocks.  They are just boards now, and maybe they will get some sides.  They work pretty well so far.  That is some bitchin thriftiness.

Peas in the pot

31 01 2009

I think it is getting warmer. Tomorrow is February. The Alyssum continues to grow. About 20 ft of peas were planted in the greenhouse.

This is just out of Control

24 06 2008

And we love it, every damn bit of it.
Baby in Bed

this is my new daughter Sadie. She is absolutely amazing. With her arrival, she is the beginning, and everything else is following suit. Our farm, after much patience and slow growing has taken off. Everything is green, everything is growing. We are fulfilling, although haphazardly, what we came to do. And just in time for Sadie. She is an awesome person. YEAH.
Even though Sadie cannot see the best in her infancy, what we are doing is for her, cause she is us. But this is what We see.

These are our hops. Along with barley, they will make beer. As of now we have not planted barley, but it will take until next year for our hops to reach production size. Even though we lost some, the ones that are growing are growing with vigor. But for hops, vigorousness comes with vertical growth. And boy howdy do we need to get stable trellising to support our hops. Baby needs beer, damnit.


Our peas, after much calamity with Pea Leaf Weevil (asshole), the struggle for the survival of our peas have produced delicious results. We could have had more peas if it was not for pests, but what we do have is enough, and we are happy with the flavor. So sweet. We tried to put these is our CSA boxes but we forgot. Oops. Our members will get their comeuppance this week.
Speaking of our CSA, this Friday will mark the 3rd, count it 3rd, week of our CSA. Our members are happy, and they are going to get it (vegetable-wise) pretty soon here.

tom row

this here is around 150 plants of tomatoes, between 15 and 20 varieties. Can you say, “Oh Snap!” Hooray for local production. Take that you salmonella laden, mono culture, corporate agribusiness piece of shit tomatoes.
and peppers, oh my

Finally if there was not enough birthing between babies, and vegetables. PUPPY!

way better than peas…

17 06 2008

Everyone, meet Sadie Camille Hahn

Born June 16, 2008 at 10:44pm in Grants Pass, Oregon

7 pounds, 15 ounces