Walkers Fresh Veggies

  (Paw Paw, Michigan)
Fresh naturally grown veggies produced for you, provided weekly for CSA memebers.
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Spring Update March 8, 2012

Walkers Fresh Veggies CSA Update

We have the first greenhouse filled. Seeded 2000 cabbages, 3000 Broccoli, 2000 Early Girl Tomatoes, 1000 Sunbrite tomatoes, 250 Solar Fire Tomatoes, and around 1000 Basil. The cabbage and broccoli are all up, and the basil is too. The tomatoes have all come up around the edges of the flats where there was more moisture. I had to re- water the centers of the flats due to them drying out some. Now the centers are also emerging. It gets much hotter in the center of the flat from the bottom heat pad. This time it caused the soil to dry out some. I ordered more Early Girl tomato seed just in case -- and if I don’t need it for spring I will use it for the winter seeding.

This is just the early planting, we still have the main season crop to seed. We just got the Red cabbage seed in that we were waiting for on back order. We will plant the red cabbage and more broccoli next week along with 4 more kinds of tomatoes and all the peppers and eggplant.

Meeting in St Joe went well yesterday. May be going to a similar meeting in Kalamazoo soon.

Collected soil samples yesterday, and did some soil testing today. I am trying to plan out what we need to do for lime etc. for this spring. The fields were drying out pretty well yesterday before this rain. Some of the sandier fields may be ready to begin to work up this month – if we don’t get too much rain. This is a big deal –last year we didn’t get on any field until May due to the wet weather. It would be really great if we could get the field next door ready early for spring greens – lets keep our fingers crossed.

Try to mention us to some of your neighbors and friends – if you would – word of mouth is the best way for us to grow. We need to keep our membership at least at last years level in order to spread the cost of delivery over enough subscriptions to keep it reasonable.

Best wishes,

Mark & Carolyn Walke

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