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Posted 5/8/2017 11:56am by Lettuce Boy Farm.

So it's already May.  When did that happen?

We've been busily working away transplanting onions, spreading compost and getting new plants started in the greenhouse.  Have you ever planted onions in your garden?  Many people plant onions sets in the spring and that's usually what they think of when I talk about planting onions.  At Lettuce Boy, we transplant little baby onion transplants.  We start them from seed in early February (this year I had to buy them instead) and let them grow until early April.  By this time they are close to the size of a pencil.  This year, however, we were delayed until the end of April.

To prepare the garden beds for the onions, I first make a pass with the rototiller set shallow.  I then go over the beds a shaper to pull the edges of the bed back up and firm everything up.  After these two steps I lay drip tape for irrigation and plastic mulch.  We use the mulch because onions do not compete with weeds in the slightest and will otherwise be quickly overcome without lots of hoeing and hand weeding.  It's just much easier and cost effective to use the plastic.  Now its finally time to plant the little buggers!

I built a 6-hole punch to both mark the locations for the onion plants and make a small home in the plastic.  Then my minions and I push onions into the holes that have been made and we're done!  Irrigate until well done.  Yields several thousand pounds.

Something new for us this year is our mobile hen house.  Over the winter and early spring I slowly build our hens' new pasture home from both new and old materials.  More coming on this later!

Be Blessed friends!

Posted 1/8/2017 8:24pm by Lettuce Boy Farm.

It's that time of year again.  Time to finish planning for this year and get the first of my seed orders in.

It is also an exciting time for me.  I look over all the seed catalogs (I get a lot!) thinking about what new things I could try growing this season or perhaps a new variety of something that I already grow.  I am always looking for the varieties that will have the best flavor and eating quality, but also varieties that will thrive in our soil, weather, and growing systems.  How do I find crops that meet these standards?  Trial and error!  Every year I (attempt) to test at least a handful of new things.  I will grow them in small quantities and then observe, make notes and taste test to see if it’s something that I will want to trial again or perhaps even add it to our crop plan.

The chickens are enjoying themselves in their 'hoop-coop' and the new hens have really started laying!  We are feeding them a non-GMO feed, whole grains grown here on the farm and past-prime squash, which they love. 

I have received a few questions about the conditions in the hoop-coop verses being in the field.  In weather like we have been having this week, the hens don't wander out of their coop much, but we do vent it during the day and we maintain a deep bedding system that the hens keep turning over in their quest for those morsels of grain they must have missed!  The scratching action keeps their manure well mixed with the bedding.  The carbon in the bedding captures the ammonia from their manure that causes the nasty smell.  It is actually quite pleasant.  In good weather, they spend most of their time running around outside, digging up the compost pile and everything else looking for worms, bugs and whatever else they can get their beaks on.

The inklings of spring will be here before we know it!

Know your Food, Know your Farmer.

Jonathan

 

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So I could pine on about woodchucks eating entire plantings of broccoli, kale, and lettuce. About our onion plants dieing. About a cool spring and now a dry early summer.  About flee beetles in o