Sunday, April 19, 2009

Planting Schedule and Work Parties

Hello all - the plants in the hot house are coming along! Even the onions that were planted from seed :). We're waiting for the peas to all pop out and the beets and chard to finish coming in but all looks good.
Now that we have a hot house, the growing options have expanded. I couldn't resist buying tomato plants from the Ann Arbor Farmer's Market Saturday. And I'll be planting a few things like basil that I normally wouldn't consider starting until the end of May.

In thinking about work opportunities, please keep in mind that Emily is coming every Monday and Wednesday from 1 - 3:30. So, if you'd like to come by, these are standing times at least until the harvest begins and we re-evaluate. We are going to try to follow the cycles of the moon this year to schedule our planting. So, here are the dates we have thus far. Of course, if there's a torrential rain or the soil is too wet, we may have to postpone for a few days.

Planting Schedule:
  • April 23 (cukes, spinach, lettuce, zucchini, okra, radish, fennel, carrots)
  • April 26 (basil, arugula, lettuce, yellow squash, cabbage, flowers, garlic)
  • May 24 (okra)
  • May 30 (cukes, winter squash, sunflowers, pie pumpkins, flowers, squash, dill, kale, onions, brussel sprouts, dill, beans, summer squash, tomatoes, peppers)
  • June 6 (rutabaga, radish, parsnips, carrots, potatoes, anything that didn't go in last week)
  • June 10 (beans)
  • June 24 (dill, cabbage, onions, pumpkins, yellow squash, mustard,collards)
  • June 29 (snap peas, kohl rabi, broccoli)
  • July 5 (onions, beets, turnips)
  • July 22 (chinese cabbage, pak choi, lettuce, cabbage, peas, dill)
  • July 26 (lettuce)
  • August 5 (radishes)
  • August 18 (lettuce, broccoli raab, bok choi)
Based on this plan, we'll especially need help on the dates that follow. Help can be planting, watering, child watch, preparing rows, mulching, etc.:
April 23 - 1:00 - 4:00
May 30 - 1:00 - 4:00
June 6 - 1:00 - 4:00 (this is potato planting time which is a good crop for little hands to work - relatively easy to plant)
June 24 - 1:00 - 4:00

We'll also have a fall harvest party to dig potatoes, bring in the colder crops, etc.

Please call if you plan to work - even a few hour's notice is fine. I would like to make sure that when you arrive you're not waiting for me to pull things together.

Enjoy Spring - I think it's finally here!


Corina said...

Chris and I are available on Saturdays 5/30 and/or 6/6.

Unknown said...

Great - I'll count on you for 5/30 at least. If you want to come both days, that's great too! Thanks.

Unknown said...

OK - thanks for keeping me on the ball. I received a reminder about the peppers and tomatoes. They'll go in around May 30 as well so that's going to be a BIG day! We won't plant them if there's any chance of frost soon after as they're pretty tender. I will be planting about 16 tomato plants in the hot house in the next few days so hopefully we'll have tomatoes in late JUNE??? Keep your thoughts on good tomato energy. Also, Bob Wessner will be here 4/24 which will be great. I think we'll plant garlic that day too.

Unknown said...

I just changed the work day from Friday (4/24) to Thursday, 4/23. Thanks.

Julie said...

Jennifer - I can come over this Thursday April 23rd. I can come either 9-11:30 with only Piper and Brodie. Or 1-4 I can come with Rory/Piper and Brodie. Rory is capable of watching Brodie so if Hannah is napping I can be helpful to you, otherwise I can entertain the kids and be a half-ass helper. ;)

Unknown said...

Let's try for 1 - 4. Hannah naps at that time. Allie and Nathan will be here too. Thanks!