Ready, set, melt!

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by Jay Reesor

The sap is running, the snow is melting, and the farmers, including Grahame and I, are getting anxious to be out in the fields. It has felt like a long winter and since there have finally been at least a few mild days, many of us are thinking about spring and growing things!

Grahame and I are excited about using some new planting techniques this spring, planting more cover and green manure crops, and trying out a new pumpkin seed to give us a basketball sized pumpkin in early September.

The very first outdoor task for the year will be removing straw from the strawberry plants. Straw has been on the plants all winter long to protect them from those frigid January and February temperatures. Once that job is done, the growing season will begin! So, let’s hope for favourable weather in 2015.

Remember, the best food is the food that you grow yourself. Can you find an area to grow a small garden this year?

ready, Set, GROW!

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by Jay Reesor

April is here and that means the Ontario growing season has begun.  Here’s my top 10 list of what has already happened or needs to happen this month on the farm: 

1. A walkabout of the farm to check what has happened around here over the winter such as ice storm damage.  
2. Check that the underground drainage system is operating properly.
3. Remove some of the straw from the strawberries.
4. Place the floating row cover on top of the early strawberries to warm the soil to allow it to be ready earlier.
5. Clean up our outdoor workshop and get it ready for our busy season.
6. Do maintenance and repairs on all of the tractors and farm equipment.
7. Make sure that all of our farm supplies are on hand and ready to go as soon as the weather cooperates.
8. Finalize our planting plans depending on the weather and the various field conditions.
9. Get started on any building and major improvement planning and construction.
10. And of course last but not least, begin planting!

We hope to plant sweet corn this month to be ready in mid-July.  Wow! So, ready, set, go…..here we grow!