Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Blackbirds, Daffodils and Greenhouse

One of the joys of being on the farm is watching what nature does. The other day I was sitting inside talking and drinking coffee with friends when a huge flock of red-winged blackbirds and a few starlings descended onto our birdfeeder. They looked so neat, especially with the daffodils blooming right there.... I had to share.

We have been working hard in the greenhouse tranplanting starts and starting more. It is looking really beautiful. Do you know our plants are certified organic? That means doing things in the greenhouse can be tricky, because we can't use standard things to eliminate pests. So far we're doing alright, and there aren't many pests aside from pesky fruit flies. The greenhouse is a "cold" greenhouse which means there is no additional heat in it. It has gone below freezing at times in the night during the winter. But now that spring is here (see the daffodils?) the nights are warmer so the plants are doing quite well. Note the purple pots? They're new and boy do they look great!

We've also developed a way of printing out our own tags in color that have plant information AND a little bit of history or story about the variety. We're working like crazy to get those tags written, but they, too, are very cool. I'm excited about this growing season.

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