We are racing Spring--can we get all of the plants in the ground at the right time and will the weather cooperate? Last weekend, Mom and I planted 350 chard and beets and about 225 broccoli plants. Today, it was more peas and maybe 600 leeks and 200 scallions. Our monster greenhouse is nearing completion. This has been a REALLY big job. Today, Mark and I bolted all of the pipes together which will be used to roll the sides up to allow air in on our hope to happen warm days. It has been a community project that started in February--we owe thanks to Nate, Marty, Andy, Rob, Steve, Karen, Sydney, Maria, Dixie, Dirk, Rick, Jim, Josh, Dale, Gail, and Dan who all can take credit for its construction. The most recent group activity was pulling the plastic over the 12 foot high hoops. We had eleven people pulling the plastic evenly over the top and down the other side.
We are excited for the subscriptions to start--we put a few things in one of our other high tunnels (plastic hoop house) to assure that we WILL have some variety for those initial first few weeks. The bok choy is doing so well, it may be ready too early. The work is good work--lots of fresh air, birds singing, and physical activity.....And, a sense of completion when we finish a job...and the paradox is that there is a never ending list of stuff to be done.
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.