Archive for May, 2014

New equipment!

Today, our brand new sub-compact utility tractor arrived!

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This is a Kubota BX 2370 with a 60″ mid mount mower, a 50″ roto tiller, and front end loader.  Here are some more pictures:

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It is powered by a 23 HP diesel engine, with close to 18 HP available at both of the Power Take Offs (PTO).  We didn’t plan on getting a 4 wheel tractor this soon in our farming career, but tending 8.5 acres of land with just a walking tractor and a lawn tractor requires more time than we have available at this point.  We’ll post more soon about the great things we will get done with this “Lil’ ‘Bota”

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Too busy to post!

We’ve been putting every hour of daylight as of late into our market garden, which leaves little time for posts on blogs or facebook, but we’re making some time for that now!

The direct seeded crops are coming along nicely, which include peas, radishes, turnips, lettuce mix, arugula, mizuna, carrots, and spinach. Here are some pictures of those growing away:
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The strawberry beds look great, and have beautiful white flowers all over the place:

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We choose not to spray our crops with chemicals, but that doesn’t mean we leave them completely unprotected.  Here are our cabbage plants growing under floating row cover which keeps the cabbage butterflies and their larvae off our produce:

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We put in an entire bed of Bright Lights Swiss Chard, which is as pretty as it is tasty:

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In our new field, which we have affectionately nicknamed ‘The Back Forty”, we put in 5 beds of new strawberry plants, 2 beds of potatoes, two beds of lettuce, and one bed of parsley.  Our original market garden is completely full already, so all the new plantings will go in the new field.

The tomato, pepper and eggplant seedlings are growing great inside:

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Last night, we made the final push of our spring seed starting.  Acorn squash, yellow squash, delicate squash, zucchini, honeydew, watermelon, and cucumbers were all seeded last night and will be ready for transplanting around June 1st.

 

 

Breaking new ground!

Today, the soil finally dried out after the monsoon we had at the end of April.  Here’s a picture overlooking the 8.5 acres of land we will be farming:

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Our Berta Rotary plow and Grillo Tractor did a great job working the soil:

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We finished our first plot and it looks like this:

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Our boys had a hard time not rolling around in the freshly worked soil:

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We will continue to break new ground here as time allows and as our current plot fills up with fruit and vegetables that will be coming to market starting in June!