2021 Farm Planting Plan

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:

A Quiet Winter Night

Night Garden Shed

The winter is so much different than the summer on a farm. In the summer you’re working outside as long as you can still see what you’re working on. There is lots of hustle and bustle with the wildlife trying to get a meal down before they hide out for the night. It’s actually pretty loud! Even after dark we’ve had screech owls teaching their young how to hunt in our back yard. Coyote families start howling in the evening and as early as 4:00 AM in the morning too.

I look outside this evening wishing it was lighter out so I could get some work done for spring preparation. But then I notice the beautiful view and the stillness of the evening. It should be enjoyed now before spring hits, requiring my undivided attention!