- 2 Chipewa
- 4 Bluecrop
- 2 Misty
- 4 Liberty
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Transplanted our two flats of Roma tomato seedlings during the last two evenings - not sure what we are going to do with 166 plants yet :)
We used 8oz clear plastic drinking cups, Jeff made holes in the bottom by heating a nail on a torch, then added regular potting soil around each seedling.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Then we had to move the base ( the deck portion of the playhouse which used to be anchored between the trees) - Jeff did this with the tractor. Once the base was where we wanted the playhouse to be, we backed the trailer to it and tilted it (again with the help of the tractor) and slid the playhouse onto the base. After the playhouse was positioned on the base, Jeff used the tines of the tractor's front bucket to lift first the front, then the back - while Zach stacked cement blocks under the base to make it level.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Henry usually swims on the pond, on patrol it seems, while Henrietta guards her nest of eggs - which is right next to our stone bench.
Henry does not like it if we get to close to the nest though, so we have to be
sneaky in order to get a close-up photo. Even up close, it is difficult to see Henrietta on her nest.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
We mowed the field on the road side of the garden and measured two rows, 20 feet apart, then drilled 5 holes in each row - also 20 feet apart...and planted our trees, which are probably 4 feet tall and are dwarfed by the large field. But we'll call it our orchard despite the tiny trees.
- 4 Bartlett Pears
- 4 Bosc - Golden Russet Pears
- 1 Elberto Semi-Dwarf Peach
- 1 Belle of Georgia Semi-Dwarf Peach
The pine seedlings are still wrapped in newspaper waiting to be planted. But we did plant one pack of Melody spinach seed, which we had forgotten the other day.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Here is what we had planted by April 5:
- 20 lbs of Kenebec potatoes
- 20 lbs of Red Pontiac potatoes
- 3 seed packs of Hollow Crown parsnips
- Green Ice lettuce ($1.25 worth of loose seeds)
- Detroit Dark Red red beets ($1 worth of loose seeds)
- Little Marvel peas (~ half a pound)
- 300 onion plants ~ about 260 Candy, and 40 Spanish
- 50 asparagus roots in a separate trench
This evening we also planted 1 lb of Early Frosty hull peas. And Jeff and Lars put down drip irrigation hoses for the vegies. Then we decided this garden was not going to be large enough, and Zach plowed another plot for extra sweet corn.
Monday, April 12, 2010
It turns out that everyone we mentioned this name idea to interpreted the meaning a different way, here is a sampling:
Jeff: "Great, and for our website URL we could use 25.06" (his favorite caliber)
Tina: "You are right, I never thought we'd pull this off and actually get a little farm"
Sam: "I thought it's because everyone in the family is a really - REALLY - good shot, you know, we are the long shot family"
Zach: "you are not allowed to post anything about me"
Rachel: "As in 'slim chance of succeeding?'"
Knud: "As in the extra tall shotglasses at a bar? Perfect"
Anja: "I was really surprised to come back from Germany to find out that you named the farm after Duff"s idea - wow"
On a more practical note:
- We are just about a "long shot" from the borough of Carlisle...meaning it's a relatively short drive.
- A photographer would think of the beautiful scenery being captured by a wide angle lens.
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Saturday, April 10, 2010
By 8:30 this morning we had figured out how to work together to get the brambles into the ground rather quickly: Jens and Zach took turns running the auger to make holes for each plant.
Jeff trimmed the roots of each plant and dropped them into the holes, Tina followd and planted each bramble. Then Lars inserted an emitter into the drip line at each plant.