Cold nights, Greenhouse delights!
Spring is here but usually when we are thinking about putting tomatoes in the ground and planting summer squashes we are finding ourselves making evening fires to keep the house warmer. This year looks like later planting times for summer crops! With this added time we have almost completely filled1 read more »
Spring has Sprung!
Here we are in the first week of spring! Everything is growing fast and we have our first veggies of the season ready for harvest! We have reinstalled our greenhouse to increase it's potential and are growing plant starts, mushrooms, braising greens, and garlic. The hens are laying and we are butch1 read more »
Prepping for next year
Grape harvest almost wrapped up, goats and chickens completely out of control, garden essentially demolished... It's been a great year! I'm honestly astounded we even made it this far. We are rabbit proofing the garden fence, preparing the greenhouse for all-season growing, and thinking about putti1 read more »
Grape harvest has been looking great! Until a week ago at least. The grapes did not ripen last week and now we are fighting for time as the Robins migrate down and eat with a voracious appetite. This also put a damper on our tomato production. We won't have any ripe tomatoes this week. We will like1 read more »
Tomatoes and chicken sausages!
Tomatoes abound! We have several varieties of heirloom tomatoes available. We will plan to sun dry some and make chicken sausages with them as well which will be available in the following months. Wine making is under way and bubbling! We have been working hard all week picking Marechal Foch and tu1 read more »
The Grape Harvest
Fresh on our minds this week has been the arrival of grape harvest. Our first red grapes, Marechal Foch, are a hybrid between American and European grape species. It is adapted to grow faster and withstand the harsher American climate. Early ripening is part of this scene and it regularly ripens en1 read more »
Reseeding for fall
As I walked through the garden this morning I noticed how well our little sprouts are doing. We have put in fall turnips, cover crops, and lots of our kale and broccoli have sprouted after going to seed. With mulch over the beds the soil is able to maintain a comfortable temperature and moisture co1 read more »
Beet of the Heat
Lately I have been slightly uncertain of what to do. We are experiencing drought this year on a level that is scary. The vineyard has not had constant irrigation all year even with my efforts to conserve water usage in the garden the tank is not able to fill up. It has been 3 weeks now without wate1 read more »
Deer and Goats get hungry too!
The deer have been coming down to visit! One in particular is persistant! Now that the creek is dry the goats are able to get across and come munch on things as well. However, we have worked through that pretty well and they are helping mow some of the wild grape vines and apple trees. Here now the1 read more »