Lizz and Beki had fun this week painting the little houses that will be living in our raffle display fairy gardens for the Farm Stand store. Each year we raffle off a fairy garden or two, and the money generated by the raffle is used to buy fresh produce to donate to our local food bank. In the next two weeks Lizz will be planting those gardens so that they will be beautiful by the time our Open Farm Days and Farm Stand plant store open on April 16th. I’ll get a picture of the finished houses this week and post them up next time for you to see.
Yesterday was a doozy of a day! This is the yarrow greenhouse and it was empty on Friday. The entire stock garden living in pots in the basil house had to be moved to the yarrow house so that we have more room in the basil house (which is our propagation house) for seed flats and cuttings. Today, we are having a snow storm and I knew that it was on its way, so yesterday was the only opportunity to move all these large clay pots to the yarrow house, AND I was the only one here to get the task done. Well, me and Shrek that is. So for the better part of the day we moved large heavy clay pots from one greenhouse into the other greenhouse that isn’t kept quite as warm as seeds need to germinate, hence the reason the stock garden had to be moved there. We got it done, but by the end of the day my whole body ached and my feet and hands are still not happy today. I was so tired I went to bed at 8pm last night.
Why not wait for someone else to be working to help with this task? The short answer is the snow storm is supposed to be raging for the next three days, which means no plants can be moved outdoors from one greenhouse to another. There wasn’t any room left in the basil house for seeds to be planted, and tomorrow when the ladies are here to work they will need room for 150 flats of seeds that they will be planting. If those stock plants had stayed put, there would not have been any way for the ladies to work until the weather warms back up on Wednesday. This time of the year, things must happen on schedule, or the plants won’t be ready for sale on time starting in March and going through the spring. Never let it be said that a snow storm stopped the seeding schedule on this farm, at least not this time!
The lizard greenhouse is full to the gills too. We finished filling it up last week. Elisa got a great start at getting the rosemary and thyme crops transplanted into 2″ pots, and Lizz and Beki helped her finish that very big project up on Wednesday. Then there were seedlings waiting to be transplanted from tubs into plug flats. The ginger crop in the foreground is looking quite nice and will be ready for sale in April when the Farm Stand opens.
This morning I harvested some carrots. I grow carrots in boxes that can be kept in an unheated greenhouse, or your house, during the winter months if necessary. I can harvest them whenever I need carrots without the trouble of digging them up in the garden. Since its snowing today, I really appreciated that all I had to do was pull them out of the box, trim off the tops, wash them and they are ready to eat.
Anyone can grow carrots in planter boxes and keep them indoors during the cold months so that you can eat fresh carrots whenever you want too. For container growing it is good to grow nantes or parisan carrots, which don’t grow too long and will work in pots. We will have carrot boxes at the Farm Stand store too this spring, but if you are in a hurry to start growing carrots, buy some seeds and plant some.
Finally, this morning I planted three container gardens in old slightly cracked bird baths. These bird baths won’t hold water any more for the birds, but they are lovely re-purposed into gardens. Two of them are succulent gardens and the blue one is an herb garden. I still have the stands for the blue and white birdbaths, so these gardens will have their pedestals. The red bowl’s pedestal was broke when the deer knocked it over in the garden, so it will be a lovely stairstep container garden on my back porch to greet visitors when they come to the door. As these gardens grow and fill out, I’ll take an updated photo so that you can see how they are turning out. These will serve as display gardens during Open Farm Days to give visitors some ideas of what they might do at home with their cracked, but still useful birdbaths!
Stay warm, enjoy the moisture of the snow…the gardens and wild critters are grateful for the moisture and so am I!