A little farm update for you all. Things are going well. It’s a lot of getting ready to get ready. Laying plastic mulch, setting up irrigation, seeding stuff all to get ready to plant. After every thing is planted, you have to tend it for months before it’s time to harvest. Then finally you can enjoy the literal fruits (or vegetables) of your labors. Continue reading

The Water Wheel Transplanter

Planting is back- and knee-breaking work. Jen and I know this all too well. We planted onions for three hours yesterday afternoon, alternating between squatting, kneeling, bending and any other semi-comfortable position we could find. None of them remained comfortable for more than a few feet. In those three hours we planted 2.5 hundred-foot rows. As we contemplated all the planting our futures held, we groaned. Continue reading

The Dibble

I learned a new word today: dibble. It can be used as a noun or a verb. As a noun it refers to “a pointed gardening implement used to make holes in soil, especially for planting bulbs or seedlings.” In its verb form, “to make holes in (soil) with a pointed implement or to plant by means of a pointed implement.” Fancy, huh? Continue reading

The Cast

For the past few months I’ve operated under the assumption that most people reading along know who I’m talking about when I mention Ryan or Steve or Lauren. It occurred to me today that this is no longer the case. I have a new crop of co-workers and introductions are in order. Continue reading