Spring has Sprung

We’re back in the saddle (or more accurately, tractor seat) again!  The blog was on hiatus over the winter as we needed a break from writing as much as a respite from bean picking. Old Man Winter’s icy grip on the farm is over however, and we are feeling rested and excited to be back in the fields with our hands in the soil and sun on our necks.

Planting Onions

Planting Onions

The planting season is in full force. Yesterday, with the help of Joyce, we planted 2500 onions into plastic mulch. They were a hot seller last year and we hope as popular again this year. Pictured above is the first of three rows planted yesterday. This was the first use of the plastic mulch layer and water wheel for the year, and they functioned smoothly. It is always exciting when equipment doesn’t break or stop working after being stored for the winter. In addition to the onions, we have sown peas, radishes, lettuce, beets, carrots, spinach, and swiss chard. The potato fields are seeded and hilled with Yukon Gold, Kennebec, All Red, All Blue, and my first ever planting of fingerling potatoes.

Three completed rows of onion transplants.

Three completed rows of onion transplants.

Our high tunnel is also filled with summer crops. Over 200 tomatoes and  100 pepper plants have been transplanted into the ground and are growing vigorously. We are hoping for a crop as successful as last year when we harvested over 1500 pounds of beautiful tomatoes from this structure. We have added a second tunnel and are hoping to get the plastic stretched over it and planted in the next week.

High Tunnel Tomatoes

High Tunnel Tomatoes

Hope you are excited to share in the success and failures of another growing season at Jennings Brae Bank Farm. We might not be as prolific on the blog as in years past because of the time commitment of our larger gardens. We do promise to keep you updated to the major happenings around the farm.

2 thoughts on “Spring has Sprung

  1. This is most excellent! I’m sure all those no longer with us, with connections to this farm, are crowing proudly at what wonders your hard work has produced! UGHMM, including keeping Mom aka Joyce limber and working hard! lol I have a wide variety of interests and see the whole Farmer’s Market movement making more sense to the masses and I am proud of you both for all the blood, sweat, tears and heart you put into this lifestyle! You simply put in the words of this generation – ROCK IT!

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