Sunday, May 17, 2009

Help wanted!

See 3rd paragraph re. first distribution!

It's hard to believe that we're nearing the end of May. There's a chance of frost tonight but, hopefully, after this, it will be clear sailing until mid-September. This means that we're going to go full on for planting - tomatoes, peppers, tons of seeds, potatoes, etc., etc., etc. If you haven't been out yet to work, please try to be here between 1 & 4 either May 23, May 30 or June 6 (even if you have been out, your help will be welcome :) ). If you're not into planting, you could come sometime during the week to help me lay things out - place stakes, run string, prep the rows, write out labels, get the water to the west garden, etc. Just let me know. I know there were a few people who prefer to work during the week, in the evening. That's certainly an option - just give us a call or send an e-mail and we'll work it in. There's lots to do!
Thanks to Royla and Gerry who came over this week and worked to help me start the chicken tractor. It was a lot of work! It's on wheels and has made it from the small barn to the driveway by the house (without falling apart). Hopefully I'll finish it this week and 1/2 of the hens and their one significant other will move into the apple orchard.

Plant update: Things are starting to look official around here. We've thinned out the plantings in the hothouse and moved them into rows outside. We just started eating spinach and a little lettuce along with the kale that was planted last fall. The spinach, kale, collards, mustard greens and lettuce will be ready to harvest in the next 2 weeks. Maybe some radishes as well, along with thyme, oregano, lemon balm, cilantro, and, if the weather stays cool, nettles. So, we'll start distributions May 27 & 30. I think we'll have enough for a starter. I'll send out an e-mail next week and ask you to let me know if and when you'll be picking up your share (Wed. eve. between 4:30 and 7 or Saturday mornings between 9 & 12). For those who are sharing a share, I'll label your box with both names and let you figure out who's picking up the box for the week.

We're looking forward to the start of the distributions! We've been working diligently to try to help things grow around here.

FYI - we're seeing toads in the hothouse daily and the bees are more prevalent in the yard and are busily working their new hive. No sign of dragon flies, garter snakes or praying mantis yet but we're waiting for them to come out as well.

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