Saturday, April 23, 2011
The poor little guys were pretty shocked, but are looking better after some rain and cooler weather on Saturday. Sugar snap peas are a real treat so we go to great lengths to make sure we have them for as long a portion of the season as we can. With that goal we also direct seeded another 150' to be the late planting while another round of transplants are hardening off and will go in the ground in a week or so. We also direct seeded a bunch of other crops including arugula, salad mix, turnips, radishes, kohlrabi and parsnips. Some flowers were seeded during this round of planting as well.
The above picture is of our salad mix lettuce seed. We blend about a dozen varieties to get all the shapes and colors we like into the mix. It will be interesting to see if this blend, which we came up with while at Holly Hill farm, acts the same on the new ground. I assume it will, but I definitely have been curious to see what differences will emerge.
It's wild to be doing such familiar tasks in such a new environment. We got quite used to all the idiosyncrasies at Holly Hill and it will take us a while to get the feel for this new land. One big difference right off the bat has been the excellent drainage. We were able to spade, amend, do secondary tillage passes and plant a full section of the field we'll be growing on in April. The limiter was our time, not the conditions. We could have prepped the full 3 plus acres we'll be growing on this year if we weren't also trying to get some early crops planted. That was just never possible at Holly Hill where we had to use the drier sections of the drier fields first and then wait and hope for dry weather before proceeding. This is one change I welcome and love right from the get go, though it does make me worry about irrigation during the summer. We'll work on that when the time comes. Right now it just feels good to be farming again.
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Monday, April 4, 2011
Our new tractor arrived yesterday!
We've been shopping for a tractor for quite a while. It has been tough actually, as neither of us is a real tractor expert and it's the biggest investment we'll make this year. So what a relief to finally have it here. We bought a used Massey Ferguson 231 from a dealer in South Carolina and man are we ever excited that it wasn't an elaborate internet scam. We wired the money on Friday afternoon and, thanks to the trucker, Chris, we received the tractor on Sunday right around lunch time. Chris must not have slept much. The adventure for us was unloading it. Chris' rig did not have ramps so we had to call in Four Square towing to back their wrecker up to the truck and then back the tractor onto it. Luckily I did not see the difference in heights from the drivers seat and just did what I was told. Once on the wrecker, it was pulled up and the bed was tilted down so that I could drive right onto the ground and the tractor got it's first taste of life in Massachusetts.
This tractor purchase was a long time coming! When we got married a little over two years ago we registered for a few things but made it clear that what we really wanted was money towards a tractor. So thank you all. It was made possible by our loving, generous friends and family. Now we just have to go and get the G, our other tractor that spent the winter back at Holly Hill Farm.