Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Saturday, October 8, 2016
Where the garlic will goFor 2017, we will have six garlic varieties: Music, Spanish Rojo, Rose du Lautrec, Blossom, Metechi and German Red. These are all hard-necked varieties of one or the other persuasion (Rocambole, Purple-Striped, Creole). We had three sources of seed garlic: Harmony Farm Supply in Sebastapol, Fillaree Garlic Farm in Oregon and the rest from Peaceful Valley farm supply in Grass Valley. Now getting all those cloves in the ground is a top priority. Also on tap this fall is an expansion of the green house and upgrades for the shade house as well as the addition of 8 or 10 more solar panels onto the barn roof. I'd also like to better insulate the cool room and freezer room. Hmmm .... guess I better get busy! Next season will be here in the blink of an eye!
Thursday, April 9, 2015
|Brandywine tomatoes ready for planting|
|Rhubarb plants growing in shade house|
|Tomatoes protected by frost cloth as more rows readied|
|Black cherry tomatoes are silhouetted against frost cloth pulled up to facilitate a morning inspection.|
Weather being unpredictable, and time being of the essence, we here at Singing Frog Farm decided to plant a few rows of tomatoes early this year. Early for us, anyway. Last year we got them in around May 3. This year it was April 6. It's always risky to do that, but this year has been pretty warm and it may just continue that way after this unseasonably cool spell. Besides, we hedged our bets a little by covering the young tomatoes with frost cloth that boosts temps underneath by 6 to 8 degrees. And let's talk about the rain! The rain was perfectly timed for me: I have been waiting for it because, unlike other years where farmers wait for fields to dry out enough to get tractors onto them, this year I've been waiting for a storm to WET the fields up enough to get my tractor onto them. If not for that storm, the only way to get my fields ready for planting would have been to put big sprinklers on them for long hours so the tractors could get in there and do their work. Just one of many things making this a very interesting farming year. What will the rest be like? Only time will tell ....
Friday, February 6, 2015
|A rabbit's eye view of Mizuna growing under a shade cloth|
|Envious onions lust after straw mulch|
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
|Hardneck garlic pushes through plastic mulch in a sea of straw. It's already been in the ground four months with four to go.|
Friday, January 23, 2015
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
I love leeks. They are the only member of the allium family to commonly stand on their own at the dinner table. And of course you can add a little potato and come up with a fabulous soup. So here you see my two little rows of leeks and a very necessary activity going on around them: weeding. All that rain, then a little sun and the unwanted vegetation has taken off. Who knows what might happen with a little warm weather. That would be scary.