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recent activities on the farm

Posted 4/3/2014 7:24pm by John Eisenstein.

Now that the ice has finally melted and the danger of frostbite is diminished, we have begun to be more active outside.  Most exciting is that we actually planted things in the ground!  I even had Hannah take a great picture of Suzie planting kohlrabi, but unfortunately the camera I gave her to use had no memory card in it, and no film either, so instead here is what they looked like in the greenhouse before being brought to the field.  

You'll just have to imagine someone planting them.  In addition to kohlrabi, we also planted lettuce, spinach, kale, broccolini, bok choy, cabbages, and, most importantly, escarole.  Well, it's important to me, anyway.

We have also been pruning our fruit trees and bushes.  Here is a picture of me contemplating a partially pruned currant bush.  I have such a stern frown on my face because I really don't know much about pruning currants and find the task difficult and stressful.

and here is the fully pruned bush.  There, that wasn't so bad, was it?

We also started another orchard.  Every year, we plant about a dozen fruit trees.  The first were planted in 2006, so most are still too young to bear, but some of you may recall that we were able to offer pie cherries and both Asian and European pears last season.  We also have a fair number of apple trees, five peach trees, plums,  two apricots, medlars, quinces, paw paws, persimmons.... in a few years this place will be a regular fruitopia!  Here is a picture of a newly planted Asian pear tree.

Doesn't look like much, does it?  Just wait!  

Other than that we are still waiting for some dry weather so we can finally get in the ground with the tractor and really start planting in earnest-- peas, carrots and beets are all begging to be planted ASAP-- not to mention radishes, salad greens, arugula....

Next week: tips on how to keep your marriage interesting.  (really!) Stay tuned!


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