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“The Upper Greenhouse Through July, 2021”

Through the busy heat of this unprecedentedly hot summer, the gardens have flourished amazingly.  The tomatoes are loaded with pounds of thick green tomato clusters.  The string beans are cranking out a few pounds of beans every 3 days- by far the best year for beans yet.  The zucchinis are keeping us rich in their fruits at all times, as they are prone to doing.  I’ve taken to pickling baby zucchinis now, hopefully it’s a…

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“The Upper Greenhouse through June, 2021”

A garden gallery for this June’s progress in the new, monstrous greenhouse we affectionately refer to as the Upper Greenhouse (or UGH)! Early June: A view down the UGH from the porch End of June: The tomatoes near the top are coming along nicely! This portion of the UGH was the origina grow space of the first greenhouse. This year it’s tomatillos, tomatoes, squash, peppers, beans, and culinary herbs. As well as a few young…

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“A Post About Today, June 15th 2021”

With sunshine and warm weather abound now, it’s hard to find time and motivation to sit at the computer and write!  As the wild world finally bursts forth with green, our first round of leafy greens in the greenhouses are already going to seed.  So thinning the greens beds, drying greens, and replanting are high on the priority list.  Now that  the threat of frost has (theoretically) passed, i’s also time to plant  squash and…

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“A Post About Today: May 5th, 2021”

The thawing pond resembles a tiny glacial lake. It’s May now, and the days and nights are growing ever warmer.  Sure, we’ll likely get a few more inches of snow before summer hits, but it won’t stick around for long!  The roads are thawing and drying out.  With such a rapid melt right now, water mitigation on the roads is vital to avoiding mushy, gooey roads and erosion.  So every 2 or 3 days trenches…

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“A Post About Today: April 16th, 2021”

It’s been a quiet and productive spring thus far.  2 of the 4 greenhouses are fully seeded/planted for the year.  The upper greenhouse is about 1/3 planted, and only limited to that because we’ve only managed to create grow beds in 1/3 of the whole structure!  Little sprouts are cropping everywhere.  The currants are flowering, and the new kiwis are just putting out leaves.  In another month or 2, the greenhouses will be stuffed full…

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“A Post About Today: March 12th 2021”

  Bulbs and leafy greens and peas everywhere! As the warm days continue and the ground thaws, we’ve finally begun  putting seeds in the ground.  Over the last 3 years I’ve been taking notes on the growing seasons, how much we’ve grown and harvested, and how much we eat.   This year the gardening goals are: 100 sq ft or 100lbs of carrots 200 sq ft of beets or 200lbs of beets 100 tomato plants…

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A Post About Today: March 9th, 2021

March is well underway and spring is in the air!  With daytime highs in the 40’s, the Upper Greenhouse (the new massive one) has gotten well into the 70’s in full sunshine.  The snow is melting rapidly, and considering we’ve had unusually little snow this year, I’m sure it will be gone before we know it.  I highly doubt there will be snow in the draws in June this year. So with the advent of…

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“Counting the 2020 Harvest”

There’s something very magical about producing your own food.  I’m not the best at keeping records, but I do try.  So here’s a peek at what we managed to produce in the 2020 season.  Granted, the ‘season’ is not yet over.  We’re still contending with foodstuffs grown last year.  Our food and farming season will not begin anew until the spring! Canned Fruits: 79 gallons of apple, pear, huckleberry, aronia berry, and elderberry syrups, juices,…

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