Larry and I are super excited about the Spring plantings and wanted to give you an update about how things have been going! We can see improvements and it seems as if all of the mineral amending is working! We are moving in the right direction in so many ways this season. We will be at the NuLu Farmers Market this Tuesday which is about one month earlier than last year. If you are able to come by and say hello we will be there from 3-6pm every Tuesday this season. Our CSA will be starting in a few weeks as well and we are thrilled to be offering a 20 week CSA share this year! We also hope to be at the Rainbow Blossom framers market in the next few weeks…progress, progress, progress…
Being a small family farm takes a lot of long hours and hard work. Larry continues to learn new ways to save time and be more efficient with his work. Ever heard of a Wobbler? This is a way to irrigate that is less labor intensive for Larry to move around the field. We typically use drip tape and will continue to use it on many of the crops like eggplants, peppers, melons, cucumbers, and squash. However, the Wobblers work great with the onions, the direct seeded beets, carrots, salad mix, radishes and turnips.
This is the first year we have ever used landscape fabric on the field. This allows for more heat for the crops that love heat like peppers, eggplants, tomatoes, melons, cucumbers and squash. More heat means bigger plants with more fruit. It also keeps the weeds at bay which is another huge helper for Larry and keeping up with all the other areas of the farm that need weeding.
I surprised Larry with a wheel hoe for our 10 year wedding anniversary which honestly has been one of best purchases we have ever made. The efficiency is amazing! It now takes about 1/3 of the time to weed…the only question we have is why did we wait so long to add this to our cultivating repertoire.
Lastly, Larry encouraged me to finally get on the tracker and work the ground…thats right for the first time ever! This is also a big part of his plan in saving time on the farm. He is super excited to be able to say, Michelle can you go till while I …fill in the blank here….
We continue to be amazed with all the support we have had in the past and that we have received this season. We recently received a donation that will help us to finish several large projects on the farm and continue to receive support from family and friends close to home and across the country. We can’t thank all of you enough for believing in our work here at Eastward Gardens. We look forward to the harvest and sharing it with you soon….Back to Blog