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Or the number of waves in the ocean…
That sort of uncountable number.
There are some things I’m coming to know.
But these are the things on my mind…
As I sense a shift in my life
yesterday was harvest day for the CSA pickup
Also, there was a gentle breeze
but a few workers are enrolled in the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine
They are away for about a month practicing their herbal first-aid skills & learning more about plants & harvesting (& probably a lot of other things)
So I got to head out to the field & harvest 61 bunches of Basil
I tend towards not-doing-great-in-the-heat, so I just focused on harvest & drinking water
Then I set out to transplant the Brassicas
Do you know that (marvelous) children’s book – The Very Hungry Caterpillar…?
That shit is for REAL.
Do you see the munched out parts on the leaves & stems?
Some leaves are completely GONE.
– a phrase which me and my friend & farming mentor would say when we’d find plants munched down…
No point in getting grumpy about it.
If the plant still had it’s growing tip, It would be potted-up. If not…, to the compost pile.
Or, Imported Cabbageworms.
They’re really cute.
The adults are white butterflies that are beautiful, & perhaps tasty bird food?
They were fed to the laying hens.
So here’s a non-linear-lump post from the past few weeks.
I usually take this photo upon my arrival, yesterday I just got straight to working with much to be done, so this is from after harvest…
Putting the plastic on a hoop house is usually best done on a windless day
It takes a village to raise tomatoes
It’s good to wear a watch here… Neither of the two clocks are ever correct
Big Harvesting & planting day
Here’s a photostring from a couple weeks back
Crickets in the greenhouse…
Cauliflower, broccoli, winter cabbage…
Over 250 plants transplanted
Needless to say I was fried by the end of the day & asleep before 8:30pm
I really feel the load of the day more than ever before
Sometimes I feel sad about this… Like i’ve been a failure at farming
But I’m trying to look at it as a guide, in a way, body leading the way for what’s next.
They are running in the spinach beds which were nipped by frost
Till the next N&C post
Wishing you all a veryfine day
This past Sunday was the first harvest day at Nook & Cranny
Spinach, lettuce mix, broccoli raab, arugula, & mustard greens
All from the three smaller hoop houses
Basil coming up nicely…
It was a bit overcast & chilly outside, but cozy inside the greenhouse
Soon it will be too warm for me in there & so I’ll do the seeding outside
The farm slowly is unfolding it’s shape as each new bed is tilled & planted
(I didn’t take many photos again, because there were 25 trays to seed, others to move, & 100 eggplant plants to be transplanted)
Say that three times fast:
…Eggplant plants to be transplanted…
(Thankfully this photo was NOT taken at the farm)
Sweet earthy groundhog looking for its breakfast this morning
Here’s the lovely nearby pond
(From the evening before)
Showing water’s amazing reflective capacity
It can be a mirror at times, clear at times, and obscuring at times.
And sometimes all at the same time! …depending on ones position relative to the body of water
I was recently on a walk & passed a parent & child walking in the opposite direction
We were all passing a (thawed) vernal pond at the same time
I overheard the child say “ewwww that water is gross” & then the parent agreed with that sentiment…
I felt saddened by what had just transpired… In my view, it was a missed opportunity to open a narrow opinion
Vernal ponds are teeming with life… Frogs & peepers & insects…
I feel sad when great trees are cut down, even if they could pose a threat
I was driving past an elementary school (where the limit drops from 45 to 35 during school hours) and a sporty sports car passed me, crossing a double yellow line.
What is all the hurry about?
Could we all try to slow down a little bit…?!?
(Thank you Jenny, for the photo)
Nighty night all.
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
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
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
& the lovely Rosie
& 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!
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…