Friday, June 15, 2018

Things are going well so far this season. Had some great help from my grand-nieces getting the melon, tomato and pepper plants put in. Corn is in a full month ahead of last year.

Water has been fairly reliable in the ditch after that night of heavy rain last week. A special thanks to Randy and his boys for keeping us ship-shape and floating right :)

Looks like it's going to be a good year for plums, apples, nectarines and peaches. And a huge, heavy load of blackberries coming on too.


Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Glorious sunny March day

Been so busy!

When I'm not working in the greenhouse or pruning our trees I've gotten quite a few new small home orchards to take care of this year.

The work at the micropropagation lab has also continued tho it is a slow process. Not surprising considering all the intricacies involved.

On top of that I've been giving my Python skills a polish over at Hacker Rank. That's been very fun, when I can find the time.

Finally I got a delightful shock to have this blog discussed at a recent Tech Hub/Soggy dinner. Would be a blast if we got a visitor or two from that crowd this summer and appropriately cyclical since it was Dave and Sara Lowe who introduced me to Soggy and the Rogue Hack Lab when they were still customers of ours.

Wishing you each and all a wonderful day full of meaning  and purpose.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Busy Winter

A busy winter is a nice change of pace. Starting on a new pretty good size 40+ tree pruning job around this weekend.

I've also picked up an interesting side job consulting with a local company which is starting up a plant tissue micropropagation facility. I did this for a few years back between about 2004 to 2006 there are even a few post on this blog about it. I think these fellas will have more luck than I did since they already have some market plans. Like my dad often said "Anyone can grow the stuff, selling it is the trick." Actually very excited to help them with this project.

Have begun clean-up of the greenhouse for this year's nursery prep. Seed order, new sprouting pots to order and soil to mix all coming up soon.

Hope this winter is keeping your life full with joyful moments.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Busy autumn

Before the frost rolled in and destroyed many of our crops I managed to cover about 100 feet of two rows of tomatoes with hoops and plastic. So we will be open several weeks into November selling those little gems.

The fall colors have really turned out dynamite this year. Could be the long, hot smoky summer and the early hard frosts but whatever it is it's delightful.

We've switched to an 11am opening which should be giving me an easy start to each day but I'm still finding so much to do that I can hardly get to the stand on time.

Kale! I've never raised it before but I'm taking a liking to it. What a lovely aroma! and one of the varieties I raised has a gorgeous purple color.

Happy Halloween everyone!

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

What insomnia is good for

Spent a little more time getting this animation code dialed in:
Gotta head out now and move some sprinklers.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Running so late

Seldom have we been planting the main season crops so close to the solstice but at least I'm getting them in a little before that. 100 tomato plants in this morning, 36 mixed squash and a couple dozen watermelon plants too. I also pushed in about 500 feet of our customer's favorite the Incredible sweet corn.

This last week I pushed in just shy of 1000 feet of sweet corn, Bodacious type as well as about 200 feet of  mixed winter squash and about 230 feet of watermelon (Charleston Grey, Jubillee rattlesnake type, Moon-N-Stars, and Black Diamond).

I tell you, it can be tough at times. My back gets sore and my worries weigh me down but the open sky, bird songs and the gorgeous mountains which surround our lovely little farm soothe my spirit.

Only a few days of spring left, hope you each and all relish them with gusto :)