The dry onions are up 3 inches in the growing room. We planted them by seed in one-inch soil blocks about 2 weeks ago. This year, we are putting the soil blocks in a plastic tray rather than setting them on a capillary mat. We are hoping this is more efficient than moving individual soil blocks from the growing room to the greenhouse. The big changes have been the addition of a small tunnel specifically for tomato starts and a giant tunnel for the tomatoes, eggplant, and peppers. This high tunnel turned out to be much larger than we imagined. It is 30' wide; 100' long; and 12 feet high! I have been delighted to be the assistant carpenter and was feeling particularly pleased with myself when I got to pound a stake or two in with a sledge hammer and when the two of us put the first 12' x 30' hoop up BY OURSELVES! However, I was very happy to turn the rest of the 24 hoop installments over to five guys two Sundays ago. We flew Nate up from Reno and he invited his friend Andy Beagle, Andy's dad-Marty, their two dogs--Hazel and Eddie to the 'tunnel raising'. Rob, our former TESC intern made it a party of five who put up 24 hoops in one day.
This blog reflects the journey of Kathleen and Mark who have left suburbia to steward this historical property and transform the land back into a working farm.