It is a gorgeous autumn day today, with all the trees in their fall color still and warm temps with a light breeze. It is a perfect way to close out October. Lizz is putting the finished compost from the compost barrel into the gardens to mellow and nourish the soil through the cold months. This will free up the compost barrel to start a new batch composting that will be ready when the warm months arrive again.
It has been a busy week here at Desert Canyon Farm. We have been doing a lot of farm maintenance projects, with still more to get done before winter arrives. Our hope is that we will have a nice warm day this next week, with no wind, to replace the plastic on our propagation greenhouse. We have to recover the greenhouses about every 3-5 years, but this time it has only been a couple of years since we recovered this greenhouse. That is thanks to neighbor cats that have climbed on the greenhouse plastic, using every toenail they have, puncturing the plastic to the point that it will no longer inflate properly. If it doesn’t stay inflated properly, the house will loose heat more easily and it will be that much more costly to run the heater. So…it will be all hands on board to get the task done the first really nice day that comes our way this week. Usually it takes between 4-6 people to accomplish this project. I’ll try to remember to take a few photos as we work and post them.
I’m working now on seed sourcing. It is a huge tasks and takes quite a lot of time, because I must try my best to find organic supplies of each variety of seed we will grow next year. That amounts to a couple hundred different varieties that we will need to buy seed for. Our organic license requires that I look at multiple seed suppliers to try to find the organic options. I must document every step of the process, including who I talk to and what the date and time is. Whew…I remember when buying our seed was easy. But it’s ok…I brew several pots of chai tea and work my way through the list. Once I’m all done with the job and have called in my seed orders, then comes the fun part of receiving each box of seed as it arrives in the mail. To quote our friend, Georg, who owns Jelitto Seed company…”When seed arrives, it is just like Christmas”!
All for now. I’ll be back in touch soon.