There is nothing worse then not having water. When you have a well you never know what kind of issues could come up that stops the water flowing to your house or garden.
Over winter the water cut off 3 times. The first time was 18 hours, second was only overnight and the last time we didn’t have it for 8 hours. The well company came out each time and couldn’t find the issue but got it working again. This time they pulled up more well parts to try and resolve the issue permanently. This time they found it. A 45 year old check valve was the culprit.
Luckily this happened before we started planting! There was a lot of digging that disrupted the garden, bringing up clay and sand, and covering some of the good soil we had been building. Disappointing but the area is one we were still working on soil improvement anyway.
The well problem also gave us a chance to add something that will be a game changer for us. A hydrant running directly from the well is now placed inside the garden. No more dragging hoses or watering odd spots by hand. We can also rinse the vegetables in the garden leaving the good soil the vegetables carry behind rather than dragging extra dirt to our processing area.
Bad news but good timing! We are very happy with the end result. Hopefully we won’t be showering when the water goes out again! Getting shampoo out of your hair without water is not fun!
You can see the digging disaster on the farm’s YouTube Channel:
It’s March 22, 2021 and we are still experiencing snow storm after snow storm so we have not started planting outside yet. Even the transplants inside seem to be growing slowly since the entire house is colder than usual. The good news is snow quickly melts in our area so hopefully it won’t take too long to warm up enough to at least get the first seed in the ground, even if we have to put a covered tunnel over the row to keep it warm during this weather volatile spring.
It’s the beginning of March and the garlic is already coming up, before the last frost. We try to cover them with hay to keep the ground from warming up causing the greens to pop up, but with the winds we get here it never stays on for long. Then when a snow storm comes, it freezes the greens.
The good news is garlic is resilient when it comes to re-growing the green tops. We’ve had good consistent garlic growth for 3 years in a row regardless of how many times the tops freeze.
While reviewing the rows I noticed other greens that looked to be onions. Sometimes we come across a surprise veggie that was still growing all the way through the winter! In this case the onions didn’t look like much but after peeling off the outer layers we had a couple decent onions to eat a year after we originally planted them!
It’s the beginning of March which means it’s time to start planting! Whether we are seeding transplants inside or seeding cool weather crops outside it takes a lot of planning and coordination to get it right. Without taking the time to decide what vegetables are popular, how to do the best crop rotation while laying out the garden plan, taking sun and shade requirements in consideration, we might not successfully get the yield we need. So planning it extremely important!
We also need to complete an inventory of seed, tunnel covers, weed block, drip tape and compost to see what we may need to purchase. Last year the tunnel covers took a beating with all the hail, wind and snow storms so that is the essential investment this year. Everything else is in pretty good shape and can be reused!
We have plans to grow all the items we grew last year plus a couple new items. We received a sample of purple kholirabi seed that we will try out. If they don’t sell well that’s okay. It was free and something fun to try.
Since we keep increasing the variety, we are growing fewer of each item and now mixing rows with different vegetables. Companion planting was successful last year so we plan to do even more this year.
You can follow us this year on the farm’s YouTube Channel: