Monday, April 13, 2009

Morning on the Farm

Still way too cold outside for my liking but a pretty morning regardless.  My first large scale attempt at flower gardening.  I've really only had luck with bulbs and I got these 1/2 price at the end of the season and thought I'd give them to CSA members in May/June or however long they last.  The blueberries and raspberries and strawberries are planted!  The 80 blueberry bushes were a breeze compared to the 320 raspberry bushes and the 1200 strawberry plants.  Although I keep telling Mike that only 1/2 of the raspberries will bear fruit this year and the strawberries likely won't be fruiting a lot till next year either.  But I did have a smaller area of strawberries from last year.  So for those in the CSA--- lets hope all the raspberry bushes and blueberry bushes do well this year and we have them all season long.  I don't know many people who don't like blueberries or raspberries (other than my daughter who will only eat them if they are picked fresh).  The blueberries and raspberries are of all different varieties and are supposed to fruit early, mid, late summer.  Yippee!

View of the goats shelter and the infamous Egg Mobile.  It's like a little house on wheels.  See sheep in background as well all in a line.  We had 2 more lambs born Easter morning.  Little black and white lambs.  One girl and one boy.  We now have 15 ewes and 11 lambs.

The chickens are still learning how to get in and out of the Eggmobile  Mostly they get out, but needed help Sunday night getting back in.  45 minutes of carrying chickens into the eggmobile..... silly chickens.  Towards the end I got good at scooping up 3 at a time.

Garden is starting to take shape.  Lots of lettuce planted this weekend as well as chard, kale, onions, shallots, turnips, radishes, more peas, broccoli and arugula (3 different varieties because CSA member J loves arugula).  If there is something you like, please send us an email and I'll be sure to grow it.  I'm growing lots of heirloom eggplant especially at the request of CSA members J and C.  

1 comment:

SteveandAlina said...

Wow! Your garden sounds amazing! We have gotten addicted to heirloom tomatoes. Of course last year paid $5.99 per pound at Dominicks. Blueberries are one of Elliott's favorite foods! Maybe I should look into joining a CSA here in Chicago.