Spring 6

 

 

 

 

 

 

With the winter’s deepest cold behind us, we removed the Remay cover (a woven polyester fabric that acts like a mulch) from one of Waslosky field 4 revealing sturdy vigorous green shoots.  Garlic!  Our very first sowing at the farm school, has survived the winter and has strong start on summer.

 

While we were admiring our garlic, we also noticed the first weeds poking through the field surface.  We want to start cultivating (weeding) just as the weeds enter the 'white thread stage' (named for the first thin white root).  So out come our wheel hoes, one of my favorite hand tools yet.

While we were admiring our garlic, we also noticed the first weeds poking through the field surface. We want to start cultivating (weeding) just as the weeds enter the ‘white thread stage’ (named for the first thin white root). So out come our wheel hoes, one of my favorite hand tools yet.

 

In the greenhouse, the yarrow is looking happy...

In the greenhouse, the yarrow is looking happy…

 

...as are the onions, obscuring Sarah, Tess and Kim.  We gave the onions tops a trim last week, something I've never tried before, and I am amazed at the growth it stimulated.

…as are the onions, obscuring Sarah, Tess and Kim. We gave the onions tops a trim last week, something I’ve never tried before, and it stimulated an amazing amount of growth.

 

Many of the plants will be coming out of the greenhouse soon, so this week we've been hard at work constructing a hoop house to harden them of off in before putting them out in the field.

Many of the plants will be coming out of the greenhouse soon, so this week we’ve been hard at work constructing a hoop house to harden them of off in before putting them out in the field.

 

Here is the frame after a long day's work, nearly ready for plastic.

Here is the frame after a long day’s work, nearly ready for plastic.

 

Momoko spent some time in the barn this week, working on our spaceship...err... I mean pig feeder, which needed a new rim and base.

Momoko spent some time in the barn this week, working on our spaceship…err… I mean pig feeder, which needed a new rim and base.

 

And if you read this week's post, you know we saw lots of action in sheep town, with three lambs born.  Here, Tess tries to lure a new mom into a jug, with her newly born lamb.

And if you read this week’s post, you know we saw lots of action in sheep town, with three lambs born this week. Here, Tess tries to lure a new mom into the barn, with her newly born lamb.

 

And here's the cutest one of the bunch, a teensy tiny little lamb, Tess named, "Petunia".  (Photo by Dina)

And here’s the cutest lamb of the bunch, a teensy tiny little girl, Tess named, “Petunia”. (Photo by Dina)

 

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