Archive for February, 2014

Onion update

While the onions are inside looking like this:

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We went outside with the kids for some of this:

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Time to seed some onions!

Today, for us, the 2014 growing season has officially begun!  We seeded 1400 Redwing onions today, in multi plant soil blocks.  First, we mix up the potting mix and get our soil blocker out:

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We use the soil blocker to fill up 1020 trays with soil blocks (yes, that is most certainly snow on the ground):

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We made 4 trays of 1.5″ soil blocks, totaling 280 soil blocks:

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We enlist some cheap family labor to sow 5 onion seeds per soil block and then cover each block with a small amount of potting mix:

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Finally, the trays go underneath the lights until they are ready for the garden bed, sometime in late April!

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When it is time to transplant the blocks, we place them 3 rows per bed, at about 12 inch in row spacing.  They form nice size bulbs at this spacing, almost as large as if they were planted one per hole.  I was not sure about multi-plant onions, but in 2013, we grew all of our onions this way, and it is such a time saver at transplant time that I will never grow them as single transplants again!

-Bruce

2014 Saltzgiver Family Farm CSA

We are starting a small CSA for the 2014 growing season.  CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture.  CSA members or subscribers pay at the onset of the growing season for a share of the anticipated harvest. Once harvesting begins, you will receive a weekly share of vegetables and fruit.

Please download and read the following PDF if you are interested.  Since we are starting small this year, we do ask that you contact us before sending a payment to ensure that our shares have not already filled up.

CSA letter 2014