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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Market Season!

It's time again to grab your tote bags and head to the nearest farmers market! Our recommendation is to get there early if you can for best selection, cooler temps and maybe less of a crowd. Although for some the crowd is part of the ambiance. You can find us, Simplicity Gardens, on opening day of the
Montavilla Farmers Market this coming Sunday, June 1st from 10:00 till 2:00, and every Sunday until the end of October. The address is SE Stark St-Washington St Alley Portland OR 97215. We will have spring greens, onions, herbs, some summer squash and more. Come see us at the market!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Fools for April

April is upon us. About 400 tomatoes have already been transplanted into the unheated tunnel (their permanent home). There were hours of aching arms while tying up the string support system so it's  in place when they need it. The second round of tomatoes went into bigger pots a week or so ago. In the propagation house the peppers are looking good Lots of other starts as well leeks, lettuces, basil and on and on. Outside seeding has begun carrots a major potato planting , beets and some kale starts, the covered areas first. We're careful about tilling too soon to protect the soil quality. A lot of compost has been moved around to prepare twenty new 40 foot beds.  The garlic has lots of new growth  as well as the spring onions. It's nice to look out there and see everything looking lush despite the damn gophers.  
There have been some disappointments, it would be silly to say otherwise. Like the very special, expensive cuke seeds that were our hope of the earliest cucumbers ever! They made beautiful starts but after they spent a few days planted in the tunnel they just up and damped off completely. Hmmm..... Later info from mentor farmers told us they were prone to this disability, but it still stings some.
Today, Sunday 13th, was gorgeous. The doors to all tunnels open wide for ventilation. There's some scheming going on for a pulley system to make it easier to open and close the ends, especially for mom when she is on duty. Scouring at a local farm estate sale presented the pulleys for this project.
The ongoing fertilizer injection system is still a mystery. How do the big guys do this and where did that pump disappear to after last season anyway???
 The new flock of chickens has been started in two stages. The first batch of 11 chicks
at three weeks old just moved out to the big house and the second wave of 7 more are started inside. We went with an assortment of six or seven breeds for variegated egg color and production. All 18 seem happy and well. They look a bit like disgruntled teenagers at this stage.

Over all we're off to a pretty good start. Winter was good- lots of blissful days on the mountain (farmers play in the Winter). Looking forward to a season of plenty and many long days in the field. Till next time. Happy Spring!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

February's Almost Done!

Yesterday we planted 5 kinds of kale, basil, lettuces and fennel along with transplanting the first round of tomatoes.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

getting real

Well, after all these years of farm effort it seems time to become a bit more real. As real as one can be in the cyber world I guess.

February on the farm is still a bit sleepy but things are definitely underway. The first pepper and tomato babies have struggled a bit with this cold snap even though they have a heated space and there was a small mouse invasion of seed eaters. Early till areas are still waiting under covers and the garlic and onions appear to be okay. The propagation house is cleaned out and ready for another season.