first planting week

Dear Readers,

What a relief to finally be outside! This past week, we planted at the farm almost every day. The big jobs were the snapdragons (bronze, yellow, and orchid), and the tansy, feverfew, and dianthus. We also planted seed of bachelors button, dill, and bells of Ireland directly into the beds (although it might be too late in the spring for the bells). Here are some new beds waiting to be planted:

Because of the sudden push to get plants in the ground, work on the greenhouse has slowed a bit. It's taking way longer than we thought, but at this point in the season, there's really no rush; it will definitely be done by the winter, which is when we really need it to keep seedlings warm.

Speaking of the seedlings, aren't they beautiful?!?!

 Borage seedlings

Borage seedlings

 Craspedia seedlings

Craspedia seedlings

 Calendula seedlings

Calendula seedlings

To check a flat (a black tray filled with seedlings), I'll pull one of the plants from its cell and see how formed the roots are. If they make a nice tight web, I know that the plants are ready to go in the ground.

The other big job this week was sending emails to each CSA member with lots of information about the upcoming season, like events at the farm, an egg share add-on from our friends at Little Gunpowder Farm, and a special family photoshoot opportunity from our talented photographer friend Stacy Bauer. Some of our very patient CSA members signed up back in November 2014. Hang in there, CSA members, we're almost there!

I wish you all a very yellow daffodil bouquet.

Laura Beth