The Appalachian Shed

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Farmers Market

Did you know JUNE IS NATIONAL PERENNIAL MONTH?  We will be offering a different perennial each week at a sale price to celebrate.  

Come see us at the High Country Farmers Market next to Earth Fare in Boone, NC on Sundays 10 - 2.

Plant something pretty! 

 
 

Grand Opening!

GRAND OPENING  

May 14, 15, 16     25% off your entire purchase

After 14 years of offering our products at various venues across the region, we are opening on site.  We will be opening up the gate and welcoming all you fellow gardeners on Thursday, May 14!

Plants for all your growing needs!  Vegetable plants, bedding plants, perennials, herbs, berry plants,  and more.

We will also be displaying an assortment of our art for sale; garden art, whimsy, & functional works.  

Make a day of it.  Bring a picnic lunch and head over to one of the many National Forest outlets for lunch.  If you are not into picnics, there are several eateries nearby.  Fishing and boating your thing?  Several launches close by.  

PS  Bring the children between 4 & 5 and let them feed the chickens! 

From Boone - 19 miles

From Mountain City - 27 miles

From Elizabethton - 25 miles

From Asheville - 85 miles

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Mushroom Logs

If you bought a log last year it's time to reap the rewards!  If you have lost your brochure, here's a quick run down:

Soak the log for 24 hours (rain/well/spring water)

Sit the log upright to aid in fruiting.  Check daily for mushrooms.  They can be eaten at any stage, but let them get 4" across or so.  Pluck off the log, Remember to toss the stem on your compost pile as it is too woody to eat. You can toss it in with a soup or broth and then discard if you like.

Harvest for 2 week or so and then let the logs rest for 2 to 4 weeks and repeat.  Yummy!

We will be inoculating some Tree Oyster (Pleurotus ostreatus) next week. You can pick one up here at the farm, Charlotte Farmers Market Friday & Saturday, or at the Asheville Herb Fest April 30 - May 2. 

 
 

Egg Hunt

The egg hunt has come early here on the farm.  Some of the girls have taken to laying in nests other than the hen house.  So each day while they nibble on their afternoon treats we search for their secret spots.  

We are hoping to "smoke out" a broody hen any day now.  To trick them in to believing their nests are intact, we replace the fresh eggs each day with older, marked eggs.  The girls don't notice the difference and it keeps them from seeking out a new, undiscovered nesting ground.  Once a hen is ready to brood she won't leave the nest.  At that time we will move her to a safe and secure nesting box away from the flock and switch the marked eggs with good eggs.  If all goes as planed, we will have little peeps 21 days later.

Keep your fingers crossed for us.  Unlike incubating eggs, relying on a brooding hen is miles away from fool proof.  Just the same, we prefer this natural way.  It is our hope to have some Silver Laced Wyandotte available later this spring for those who may want to raise a few birds of their own.   

As we continue on our daily hunts, we wish you the best of fun on your egg hunts this coming weekend! 

 
 

Easter Alternatives

Why not give the kids something other than candy this Easter.  How about a blueberry bush, thornless blackberry, or even a fruit tree?  Besides offering your youngster an alternative to a basket full of high fructose corn syrup, you'll be opening up their world to healthy choices and connecting them with the earth.

Children love to play outside, dig in the dirt, and watch all manner of things in the natural world.  Grab a shovel after the egg hunt and plant something. Get them involved in watering the plant and watching it grow as they do.  

We carry a variety of blueberry bushes suited for the area as well as thornless blackberries, plum trees and a few apple trees.  If you want your child to see results soon, choose a blueberry or blackberry.  The plums and apples will produce in just a few short years.  You don't need a huge yard to grow some fruit.

Stop by the farm between now and Easter and pick out some Easter goodies at 20% off! 

 
 

Egg Art

Fun was had by all who attended the recent class I gave on creating Pysanky at St. Mary's Church in Johnson City.  

I have since dusted off my tools and plopped a few eggs into the dyes.  Check them out on my Esty page.  http://www.etsy.com/shop/appshed 

 

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Egg Shells

If you haven’t been doing it all winter, it’s not too late to start collecting egg shells for the garden!

Calcium:  Egg shells provide much needed calcium for your plants and since it is a slow release, it’s really hard to over due it.  Calcium is necessary for water up-take and cell development.  Tomatoes love the extra boost, just crush some into the planting hole when you set your plants out and you’ll avoid a madrid of tomato problems.   Fruit trees can always use a bit more calcium.  If you have an acidic, dry, or leached out soil, don’t hesitate to put egg shells on everything.

Pest Control:  Yes!  Who would have thought it.  Crush up the egg shells and sprinkle them around your tender plants.  Lettuce .  The sharp edges cut and scrape slugs as they pass over the shards so they avoid these natural little “land mines”.  

Collecting:  If you are gathering a stash, rinse the shells well and turn upside down to dry before tossing them into your collection bucket.  If you have concerns about bacteria, simply boil the shells, skim off any foam, and dry as above.  Not an egg eater?  No problem.  Bakeries use tons of eggs.  Call one in your area and see if you can arrange something.  They may only be willing to toss them into a bucket on a given day, but that will still add up quickly.


 
 

New Blog

Now that we have finally entered the real world of internet (DSL, goodbye dial-up), we will be keeping up with the farm blogs.  In addition to this one, please check out Art & Alfalfa which has moved to our web site:

www.theappshed.com 

 
 

Winter Blue(skies)

Well it's still snowing up here.  But there are blue skies on the way, and the tomato seedlings are tucked safely under the grow lights!

The girls(chickens) have finally adjusted to the snow.  And it's a good thing too because we kicked them out of the small greenhouse to make way for some fruit plants.  The building  hasn't seen a plant in years and the girls were sure it was their summer home.  Not to worry, the girls still have their own sweet little coop if need be.  They are all heavy breeds and well suited for cold weather.    

But I digress.  Plants.  Several varieties of tomatoes are up and several more just seeded.  Love those tomatoes!   As always, we are trying new Heirloom varieties this year.  I am most anxious to see how the Anna Russian performs.  It is a pink-red oxheart that is reported to out perform the Red Oxheart.  I sure hope so.  Yields of the Red Oxheart were rather disappointing last year.  But,  wow, what a great tasting tomato!

If you have experience with Anna Russian, drop us a note with your thoughts. 

 
 

Classes

We will be offering classes this spring and summer here on the farm.  Details are still being worked out, but we will be offering at least two classes:

Growing in Small Spaces:  Useful info for growing in many situations, from patios to small lots, the basics, plant selections, and more.

Front Yard Gardening:  How to create a beautiful and edible front yard regardless of the size, tricks & tips, plant selections, care, and more.

 Classes will be restricted to groups of 5 - 10 (parking issues)  For more details, drop us an email. 

 
 

Kefir Grains

If you've been trying to find them-- we've got 'em!  

Our kefir grains have been growing, and growing, and growing.  Nice plump, healthy grains ready for use.  No reconstituting needed.  If you don't live nearby, we can ship these for you.

Enough active grains to culture one (1) quart of milk.  Shipping included.

$14.00 

 

 

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EGGS!

The girls are scampering about to find every last bit of "green" to eat.  Little rascals ate our entire winter bed of lettuce!

While most are molting and getting ready for winter mode, we still have some layers.  Free range eggs will be available on a limited basis for the winter months.

If you would like to pick up fresh eggs here on the farm, please call or email and will do what we can.

Free ranged, whole grain supplements; $3.00 dozen, $1.50 half dozen. 

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Holiday Market

Holiday Market

The Mountain City Farmers Market is sponsoring a Holiday Market on Saturday, November 28 from 9 - 2.

We will have some fresh eggs and craft items for sale.  Great hostess gifts and stocking stuffers!

Come by and visit! 

 
 

Gourmet Lettuce Mix

We will have fresh Organic gourmet lettuce mix again this week at the Johnson City Farmers Market.  Quanities are limited so come early!  

Rhubarb sold out last weekend in the first hour so if you want to bake that pie come on down after your morning coffee.

We still have tomato plants for those of you wanting to get in a garden.  We also have many types that are well suited for container growing.

See you there! 

 
 
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