Earth Day on the farm

Happy Earth Day to you!

Here’s a look around the farm.

This nest is low to the ground, but we’re hoping it goes well for all involved.

This nest is low to the ground, but we’re hoping it goes well for all involved.

Jason weed-whacks around the berries. Angelica spent her whole day hand weeding about 300 feet of berries, then I finished off the last 100 feet in the evening. Before weed-whacking, Jason ran the flail mower down the pathways. After planting the berry canes last season, we didn’t have time to properly tend to them. However, this ended up being a blessing in disguise, because the tangled mess protected the baby bushes from deer. This spring, the bushes look fantastic. It’s a mix of red and golden raspberries, and a few blackberries.

Jason weed-whacks around the berries. Angelica spent her whole day hand weeding about 300 feet of berries, then I finished off the last 100 feet in the evening. Before weed-whacking, Jason ran the flail mower down the pathways. After planting the berry canes last season, we didn’t have time to properly tend to them. However, this ended up being a blessing in disguise, because the tangled mess protected the baby bushes from deer. This spring, the bushes look fantastic. It’s a mix of red and golden raspberries, and a few blackberries.

This year, we’re maximizing our use of high tunnel space. We planted lettuce down the sides of one row, and seeded radishes in between. Just so you know, Silas walks exactly like his father.

This year, we’re maximizing our use of high tunnel space. We planted lettuce down the sides of one row, and seeded radishes in between. Just so you know, Silas walks exactly like his father.

Hot peppers and sweet peppers in the Big Tunnel.

Hot peppers and sweet peppers in the Big Tunnel.

This is year No. 2 for the rhubarb. We have 100 feet of it. I’m curious to try recipes for rhubarb that are savory, rather than sweet. (Although it is delicious sweet for sure!) Looking forward to the day our CSA boxes have lovely bunches of rhubarb.

This is year No. 2 for the rhubarb. We have 100 feet of it. I’m curious to try recipes for rhubarb that are savory, rather than sweet. (Although it is delicious sweet for sure!) Looking forward to the day our CSA boxes have lovely bunches of rhubarb.

Bright curly green kale in soup - can’t wait!

Bright curly green kale in soup - can’t wait!

The broccoli is thriving, except when a critter chomps it down. Our trap hasn’t caught the culprit yet. We added row cover tonight, but we know that groundhogs aren’t easily intimidated.

The broccoli is thriving, except when a critter chomps it down. Our trap hasn’t caught the culprit yet. We added row cover tonight, but we know that groundhogs aren’t easily intimidated.

French breakfast radishes that are almost ready to harvest.

French breakfast radishes that are almost ready to harvest.

Green onions going strong after several cuttings.

Green onions going strong after several cuttings.

Evening sun lighting up salad heads in the Little Tunnel.

Evening sun lighting up salad heads in the Little Tunnel.

Mommy and Silas.

Mommy and Silas.

For the record, I’m actively trying not to wear my squinty concentration face (pictured here) so much in 2019.

For the record, I’m actively trying not to wear my squinty concentration face (pictured here) so much in 2019.