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Getting Use to Working Outside

Posted 4/20/2015 11:43am by David Zemelsky.

 

Suddenly, our road down to the farm, which I thought would remain impassible for cars, has dried out.  I envisioned a late May target date, based on the depth and wetness of the mud.  Unless you're a kid, mud isn't that much fun.  Take off your shoes, every time you come inside etc etc.  Now what's left are big ruts-dry ones though.  I've been surveying these ruts today and contemplating how the compost truck ( a big affair with at least 10 wheels was going to negotiate them.  Hmm?  I'll let you know.

By the way, if ever there was a harbinger of the coming of Spring, it would be the compost truck.  Filled to the brim (33yards) with delicious food for the soil, we greet its arrival with the knowledge that  there's much to do.  Its always the same driver and we always say  the same things. "Hard winter"  "You bet" "We could use a little warmth" "OK"  " See you in a few months" "Right! Don't get stuck in the mud going out".  The stuff is dark, black and beautiful to touch.  As the season progresses the lines and fingerprints of my hand get darker and darker.  It takes one of those Stop n' Shop green scrubbies to get them even reasonably clean.  Its worth it though because this compost, to the plants, is a glorious supper.  Since its only made out of leaves (no animal manure used here), we also will put on organic compost and alfalfa meal.  The compost adds essential trace minerals and the alfalfa is a great source of nitrogen.  Plants aren't all that different from us.

There's clearly a lot to do.  Finally, we can get out into the field.  John, who has been with us for 3-4 years (we both lose count), spent the whole day on the tractor literally tearing into the soil and trying to make it breath again.  He puts a long hook that resembles a sea anchor on the back of the tractor and goes up and down the field, creating 2' troughs in each bed.  Water and air now has a highway to drive down to bring their goodness to the lower levels.

Meanwhile, Joel spent the day transplanting kale plants from the nursery outside to the long rows that are adjacent to some arugula and other asian greens that we planted the day before.  And they, in turn are planted next to a few rows of swiss chard that we also transplanted out of the nursery.

Which is all to say that we're doing everything that we know how to make sure that by the first day of the CSA (June 3 or 4th , depending on which day you picked or June 6th for Wooster Square), we should have a decent showing.  My prediction will be that there should be radishes, chard, salad and haukeri turnips in our first week or so.  Kale, should be following soon after that.  We have room still for you, if you are interested.  Write me with any CSA questions.

Following is a list of what we have for sale this week.  If you see something that you like, please email me back at: starlightgardens@comcast.net

Ok.  Offerings for this week.  Let me know by noon on Friday with pick up at the shed after 3pm. Cash preferred (exact might be better).  Check if you have to.

Spinach sale ! Buy a $6 bag and get another for free.  I'll put them both in one bag to save on plastic

Salad Greens- a wonderful Spring mix of kale, 8 kinds of lettuce, claytonia, spinach $7/ for a 6oz bag

Kale- baby red russian $6/ for a 6oz bag

Spicy Mustard Greens $6/bag

Claytonia- a wonderful winter green that will only be around for a short time more.  It goes to seed soon and then dies away.  $4/ for 4oz bag

Strawberry Plants-some still available for Mother's Day or sooner.  They are blossoming as we speak.  In a hanging basket $25.  Send no money for this one now.  Just let me know and I'll put you on the reservation list.

Basil, sage, parsley and chive plants in 4" pots- $5 each. 

Talk to you soon.