From the Farm: Week Beginning May 07, 2023

Week Beginning May 07, 2023. 

Substantial rainfall early yesterday morning has us expecting much growth across the farm this week. A walk amongst the Market Garden showed beans, corn, onions, tomatoes, radishes, spinach, lettuces and beets breaking through the ground, some with seeds intact, to begin their upward growth towards the sun!

This is one of the times of the year where we must be vigilant in our efforts to be mindful of the incoming weather. Being mindful of expected rainfall helps us to preserve the water we use for irrigation – cooperating instead with the patterns and occurrences of the climate and weather. One of the ways we can better steward and provide interventions that support the ecology of the farm, is by investigating how we can limit the erosion of topsoil, decrease the open exposure of soil to the sun which promote evaporation, and support the availability of appropriate soil moisture. 

With that in mind as a consideration for the week and ways we can better support the ecological development across Little Way Farm and Homestead, we have much to do!

Materials have been purchased to build a cattle corral at the southern end of the property. We expect that upon completion of the corral (expected this week), that the three male calves will be removed from the herd and will be returned to another part of the property to complete their weaning process. 

Planting this week will consist of flowers, herbs, melons, squash, pumpkins and more! We also expect to trial seeding more nightshades (e.g., tomatoes, currants) and peppers. Often these are seeded indoors 8 – 12 weeks prior to the last Frost but the maturity dates are often 90 – 120 days. Therefore, even without starting many of those seeds early indoors, it is viable to plant them directly into the ground, or in containers for transplanting, after the last frost. This is highly dependent on the climate – we are in Zone 6B. 

Have a great week!

– Mathew 

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