Weekly Farm Status Update 5/11/14 (and a great mother’s day gift)
A lot has been happening around the homestead this week. The garden is exploding. I’ll get to all of that in a moment. First, baby T gave us the most amazing Mother’s Day gift in the world: she took her first step! She’s been getting close to it for a while, and she’s tried all weekend, and finally she did it. She promptly fell down of course, but wow! What a day to start walking!
Ok, now for the farm stuff.
Our First Market Day
Laughing Bird Farm’s first farmer’s market was a success. Not a huge success, but a success nonetheless. We learned a lot and made about $100 which is nothing to sneeze at, especially given our distinct lack of product. Here’s some of the lessons we learned:
- Signage and displays are key. We need to work on these before next month.
- We need more product. The booth needs to look full.
- The kids need to wait to come out until after it starts to cool off. (I know, this one should have been obvious.)
- Disposable tablecloths do not work well for the kind of products we have. We’ll pick up some vinyl ones before next month.
- Most important of all, we learned how NOT to pack fresh herbs. Not that we had that many to begin with, but I ruined them all by packaging them in plastic baggies. I thought they’d be okay despite the heat and humidity. Not. I’ll do some research into the best way to package them before next month.
I forgot to take pictures, unfortunately. We were just too busy. I’ll try to snap a few next month.
What’s growing in the garden
A little bit of everything! It’s really popping. The corn’s not in yet, but the plot is mostly ready, and the seeds will go in on Tuesday or Thursday of this week. Here’s a list of the current crops:
- Lots of herbs including basil, sage, lemon balm, cilantro, parsley, thyme, and peppermint.
- Potatoes (see pictures below)
- Pole Beans
- Lima Beans
The potatoes are really growing fast. They were first hilled just 8 days ago. Take a look at this picture of one of them I took tonight.
Yep -they had to be hilled again. This time I used straw instead of dirt. I’ll see how it works. And one of them is starting to flower.
It won’t be long now!
Our fruit trees and berry bushes are mostly doing well, with the exception of the Pineapple Pear tree, which has never leafed out. I’m reluctantly calling it a loss. I’ll contact the nursery for a replacement sometime next month.
Check this out, though. I discovered tonight that our peach tree tried to set fruit this year. I knew it bloomed, but this was the first time I found a sign of fruit.
There were several of these, and since the tree is too young to bear, I pulled them all off.
What’s waiting to be transplanted
Quite a lot, actually.
- Lots of herbs
- Peppers, both hot and sweet
- Swiss chard
- Butternut Squash (a gift)
- Zucchini (also a gift)
We’ve got 16 days until our chickens arrive. I guess I better get started on, ur that is finish, the coop. I’ll leave it to you to decide which one is the true statement. 😉
Until next time, happy gardening and homesteading. And happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!