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Nook & Cranny day + cats.

this past Sunday was a Nook & Cranny day

  

All the winter’s snow has melted into the earth 

And a slight blush of buds can be seen on the hillside treetops

  

No more ice at the pond

Peepers were chirping throughout the day 

  

Seeding day for me

  

Hooray!!

The seed rack has been labeled!

  

Happy dance while Bob picks the various varieties du jour.

There was a full days worth of things to do

  

Here’s Bob in the Cathedral watering carrots

   

 

I went to my usual domain in the greenhouse & got to filling trays after saying hello to the babies

  

This is what 25 trays looks like

Then I got to seeding them

  

Here is the hoop house next to the greenhouse

Where young plants transition from a heated place to an unheated place, and then to the Big Outside to “harden off” before being transplanted into earthville.

  

Brassicas, such as cabbage, broccoli, & kale are under remay to protect them from a killing munch-down by flea beetles.

  

Spinach, chard, beets, & lettuces are on the other side

  

Other was my nearby shadow for most of the time I was seeding 

  

He & Sebastian have been busy

I found a few 1/2 mice near the barn

Good kitties

  

Slowly the land begins to transform

  

Lettuce initiates the outside beds

  

Followed by spinach, which I got to transplant with gratitude.

Nice to be a part of this step in the process. Very satisfying.

(I forgot to take photos of the transplanted beds…)

Kale was also transplanted, and fava beans, & cilantro were direct seeded.

There was more to do but I had to get home to tend to the kitties there

  

Bakira pie

  

 

& the lovely Rosie


brief post from Nook & Cranny.

Things grow

& they need space to do that

  

Space & fresh nutrients

Here’s the broccoli that was potted up last week

Looking all happy & lush after a week of settling in

  

and the cabbage is doing well, too.

In my own garden, I don’t grow broccoli – as it takes up a lot of “real estate”, & I’d rather grow other things.

This year, I won’t grow cabbage, since it’s being grown at the CSA.

  

Parsley showing its true leaves! 

So exciting!

I enjoy parsley

Really looking forward to eating fresh parsley again

Munching on the stems right from the garden – sweet sweet stuff.

It’s also a generous plant

Stays going & growing through the season, giving & giving.

  

And finally a panorama of the greenhouse before getting to seeding.

More to come…

Happy Spring


Weather, some walks, Kitties, & Sunday seeding.

Waking each day in one mood or another  

I try to begin each day with a thanks-for-this-day feeling in my heart

Then step into the day.

Today began uneventfully.

  

Then

Upon putting away a photo of my elder…

(which I had set out for her yortzeit last week, but yesterday & today kept getting the strong push to put it back where it usually sits)

…i found a letter from the person I was beginning to love this time last year.

There was a photo of the two of us, a note from his last visit, & just seeing the handwriting triggered a squinchy feeling in my chest.

  

And just like that 

The weather changed

Right before my morning sit.

  

I didn’t know what to do with the letter, so I set it down & covered it with an image of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

I didn’t want to sit with that weather, with those feelings. I didn’t want to feel what had arisen

  

Lately, I keep hearing Jack Nicholson’s voice from the movie A Few Good Men barking “you can’t handle the truth”

Which feels like a meanness, but I’m trying to just notice that critical voice (which may well be true)

  

I was glad to get to work, to focus on other things, like chopping vegetables & listening to podcasts on my headphones.

  

This is from a walk the other day to the lower end of the lake.

  

And this is from a walk today after work

On the Western side & towards the upper end of the lake

  

It’s good for me to remember that weather changes.

Just as the feelings came & went by the end of this morning’s sit  

Grief continues to visit & can feel very intense at times, still.

I don’t yet understand why – I’m just trying to make room for its passing through.

  

I haven’t wanted to write much about it

I think I’ve been ashamed of it, wanting to hide its lingering presence.

  

Thank goodness for kitties.

Here’s Sophie  

(All photos of Sophie & Izzy are from Jenny)

  

Here’s Izzy  

  

I love to receive these photos

They do brighten my day

As does visiting the babies

  

They are getting so big

  

This past Sunday the greens & brassicas went into the hoop houses 

  

(Please note the rolled up balls of remay towards the back of the photo…)

But first they waited in the barn as the hoop house soil was readied further 

  

In order for me to do more seeding, the alliums had to wait outside for a spell until all the many trays of greens had a suitable place to sit in the hoop houses

  

This photo makes me smile

The dances done, working things out, imperfectly, but workable.

   

(It’s in the 20’s outside, and warmed to the 30s that day, but relatively warm in the hoop house)

This is the first hoop house in process

And this is what happens when I walk into the greenhouse

 

Steamy

(It becomes even warmer when the sun shines…)

 

  

Joining me in the greenhouse was a small flock of Barred Rock chicks!

  

Peeping & chirping & napping

  

I really enjoyed their company

   

 

The usual Sunday spring seeding… Beets, Raab, Spinach, Lettuce, Cabbage, Scallions, Chard, Kale, Broccoli, Mustard, Brussel’s Sprouts.

  

27 trays in all

Then I went to see the hoop house action

  

The view from the first hoop house towards the long hoop house

  

Steam rises from the cold water on the  warmed soil inside

  

Here’s that wall of remay balls…

  

And the barn-dwelling kitties

  

Hello, Sebastian.

  

Hello, Other.

  

Hello, Nook & Cranny Farm.

On my walk today after work, despite not being able to hike the trail due to icy conditions…

 

There are signs of Spring

  

Swollen fuzzy buds

  

I feel a sadness when a great old tree is cut down

  

Over 140 years old…

  

There’s snow on the ground, but basically it was one huge ice sheet underneath

  

Wishing you patience & kindness with all of your weathers

Blessings on the day.

  


Seeding day & thoughts about this time of year.

another Sunday seeding at Nook & Cranny Farm



Bob is super zippy & filled most of the 4-packs with the seed-starting mix

While I did most of the seeding

More shallots & lettuce, spinach, cabbage, mizuna, mustard, arugula, & 2 types of kale

I might be forgetting something



The greenhouse soon filled up with trays



Every available flat surface was covered

I joked it was time to build another greenhouse 







Even the shelf behind the packing area was utilized



And after a final watering in for the week, a few sprouts emerged

It was in the low 20s today

And snowy

Just on the cusp of Maple Syrup season.



These 4 foot icicles are at another place I work, taken on a sunnier day



And a distant view of the partially frozen lake

A lot of people are really ready for Spring

Lots of grumping.

But this time of year feels special to me

It’s intense, but can change rapidly some years, so it feels extra super special

I always hope the shift is slow



I wish for a good, long Maple Syrup run



The snowmen have lived long lives this winter


In the garden before work.

Had an early morning before work today
Got myself to the garden

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The honeybees were already absorbed in their work among the buckwheat blossoms

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I set out to harvest the dry beans
Because they were beginning to show signs of mold

hmmmmm

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This is NOT what a healthy bean looks like…

And as I pulled the plants out from the garden, there was this familiar track of thoughts running through my mind…
“Next year, I’m gonna thin the beans better… Be more on top of the weeds… Etc…”

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(Squinchy face)

And so began the Thinking dance

Present… Future… Story… Present…
Present… Future… Story… Present….

(Waltz, anyone?)

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It was my first go at growing dry beans
And from the mold I did learn that spacing DOES make a difference.
And yes, it has been quite rainy this season…
Still,
I’ve got some good information from this one season of trying something new

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I love that about gardening
Experiential learning

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I have no idea what the yield will be.
Time will tell after drying in the greenhouse

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There are two varieties

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Vermont Cranberry

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And Marfax

One of the landowners was out in their garden and she gifted me one of the small Italian squashes – this one goes by the name Tromboncino

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Serious, this is one of the small ones…

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SMALL?!?

Then back out to the garden to pick a few carrots

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(Should’ve taken a bucket with me, but a shirt will do in a pinch…)
A few more sunflower portraits, then off to work

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