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Sorry about that Daylight Savings Time

March 13, 2011

The first viola blossom of the year promises so much with it's small face.

So yeah, somehow it is all our fault. We know. It is confusing and tiring to spring forward all for the sake of America’s farmers. All we can do is apologize for the inconvenience and hope that those extra minutes of daylight will pay off in some lovely late summer evenings of garden parties amid your lovely blossoms cultivated by us this spring, noshing on the tasty veggies from our summer fields. See doesn’t that sound lovely when compared to that measly hour of sleep?

When you lift up a seed tray to find a mat of roots like we have on these gazania seedlings, you know some strong plants will follow.

Gazanias get the green thumb treatment, growth spurts and blossoms imminent.

Since we are all cheered up, know things are just humming along down here. We spent a few days with a full crew again this week, warming up to steady planting over the next several weeks. While there isn’t anything too bold to show yet, we have been transplanting more and more seedlings into their larger containers, developing some sturdy roots and working on temperature tolerances. The first crop of Impatiens and begonias quickly filled up Greenhouse 14 this week, and lots of space shuffling seemed to make room for more Thunbergia planters. We transplanted the first Patio tomatoes of the season this week into larger pots and some bare root strawberry plants as well.

Deconstruction of old Greenhouse 1 continues at a quick clip. A heightened level of debate over which pieces will serve a recycled purpose in the future or not keeps us entertained.

Greenhouse 1, missing about half it's benches and most it's irrigation system. Since this photo all the innards are gone, just concrete and gravel left on the inside.

An integral part of any working farm is having the storage space for all the odd pieces that are just too good to toss out. I fear we will need a building for all the odd bits, but am pleased anytime we actually are able to repurpose something from the past.  Also of note was the opportunity to “deconstruct” via chainsaw. I for one began to realize the possibility of a  side career carving Bear sculptures ala Vermont roadside stands.

This week you might notice portions of the house coming down from the outside while you pass by on Central Avenue. If it stays dry enough we might start to pay attention to the fields as well. In past years we have been plowing and planting peas by now, but that still feels a few weeks off at this point. In the Greenhouses this week we plan on opening up a few more bays of the big house and transplanting our main crop of geraniums. We still haven’t gotten around to taking down all the Christmas decorations, but that will happen too in due time. The snow is just barely gone after all.

These bare root strawberry plants come to us from berry specialists, Nourse Farms in Deerfield MA. We take they young plants and grow them through the tender days to give you a plant that is strong and lush for a healthy early Spring planting in your yard, raised bed or container. Click the photo to link to Nourse for more information on growing berries at your home.

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