Meadowview Farm & Natural Habitat Gardens, LLC

  (Crestwood, Kentucky)
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I Look Normal

It's official, I have recovered from my March run in with Poison Ivy.  I certainly don't want to go through that again.  My face has finally stopped tingling and has returned to normal; however, I have many wrinkles where there used to be none.  Also have significant sagging over my eyes with loose skin.  I really should have gotten myself medical attention a lot sooner but I just kept hoping it would get better but instead it just kept getting worse.  Lesson learned!

Since summer arrived ahead of spring and winter never really showed up the invasive plant species on the property are at war against me and winning.  Garlic mustard is the biggest threat at the moment.  The 2 1/2 acres of woodland are just covered with it.  I have been hand pulling specific areas closest to the edge and working my way back in.  I am generating about 10 lbs a week of garlic mustard and that is after I have let it dry before bagging and disposal.  I do compost; however, we are dealing with an invasive and the only choice is to bag it and get it off the property or it will just continue to spread.  I have many other invasives to deal with but many can't be treated until fall. 

Planting is in full swing.  The potatoes are up and look great.  Onions are doing really well especially when kept free of weeds.  Garlic is coming along nicely.  Corn is in process.  Tomatoes got in on Sunday.  Still lots to plant but to much to juggle at this moment.  Still have a hundred orange coneflowers to get in pots along with tall coreopsis and many more perennial native plants. 


Poison Ivy

Last Saturday we started clean up in our foundation plantings around the house just before the storms came.  I knew better than to start this with weather looming but lent a hand.  What a mistake!! I inadvertently got a hold of poison ivy unbeknownst to me and proceeded to affect my entire face and upper body.  It all started on my chin.  It just felt really bumpy and funny so naturally I had to play with it and there is the point of this learned lesson.  Wash up the minute you come in from any outside activities.

My face proceeded to swell from Sunday to finally when I went to the Doctor on Wednesday I was so swollen that my right eye was nearly shut so my husband has had to drive me.  Since I look so horrible I have not gone out in public since people are known to come up to you and ask what happened.  This is not my first encounter with poison ivy but it is the worst.  I received a steroid shot on Wednesday and am on a 12 day course of oral steroids and I can report today that I can see much better with both eyes and the swelling is slowly coming down.  So much so that I am venturing out into the world today.

Oh, I still itch like crazy and am applying topical lotions to help with that but what a lesson learned.  We went form winter into June weather here so literally everything needs to be done at once, bed clean up, meadow management, digging, dividing, potting for the nursery, direct seeding of flowers and herbs, potato and onion planting etc.  This just didn't help since my face was so full of fluid I couldn't do much outdoor work the past couple of days and now the storms have come again which puts me that much farther behind. 

Be careful out there!!


CSA Finalized

I have finally put to paper the CSA offering for the year.  Since I specialize in heirlooms and they seem to get lost in the presentation by other vendors at farmers' markets I made the decision to venture into the world of CSA's.  Since there is no right or wrong way to establish a CSA I have melded what I hope to be acceptable for the Louisville market. 

The following will explain the differences among open-pollinated, heirloom and hybird seed varieties:

What are Open-pollinated, Heirloom and Hybrid Varieties?

An open-pollinated (OP) variety is one that breeds true from seed, meaning the seed saved from the parent plant will grow offspring with the same characteristics.  OP seed is produced by allowing a natural flow of pollen between different plants of the same variety.

Heirloom varieites are OP varieties with a long history of being cultivated and saved within a family or group.  They have evloved by natural or human selection over time.

A hybrid variety, on the otehr hand, does not breed true from seed; hybrid seed is produced by crossing two different parent varieties of the same species.  Hybrids do not remain true in generations after the initial cross and cannot be saved from generation to generation unchanged.

SOURCE:  Seed Savers Exchange 2012 Catalog

I eat what I grow and have become very attached to the heirloom varieties I grow since they have such varied and interesting history and exceptional flavors. 

This year we are expanding our sweet potato selection to include heirlooms; however, quantities of slips are very limited so this is going to be a trial grow out and see what has the best flavor and most adaptable to our growing conditions.  I am really looking forward to this trial.

BTW the storms that passed through our area on Friday, March 2 did very minimal damage of which I am very thankful.  We only lost one low tunnel.







Rain Arrives at Long Last!!!

Tuesday PM

Since the rains have finally arrived I feel we can finally move ahead with our fall planting plans.  Craig is planting Mammoth Melting Snow Peas as I write this entry.  Everything for the fall planting hinged on whether or not we received any rain since all the beds are like concrete.  Beauregard sweet potatoes were harvested yesterday morning after irrigating Friday and Saturday so we could dig them.  This is the first year they have a reduced yield and the size is much more reasonable versus the 3 - 4 lb sweet potatoes of past years. 

The weather has made a huge impact on yields of all my potatoes, onions, spring planted snow peas and french green beans.  All this hot weather and no rain has resulted in huge crop losses.  We are preparing for hightunnel and low tunnel production to see us through the fall and winter.

Pretty much lost the Bloody Butcher and Cherokee Indian Corn Flour crop due to early season storms; however, the Tuscarora fared better since it had already pollinated before being blown down in these same storms.  The Strawberry and Dakota Black Popcorn look good.  I have been harvesting the corn tassels for making wreaths and swags.  Corn husks will follow once the corn has dried down and we prepare for shelling.

We made a minature corn crib inside one of our sheds to dry out the corn.  We have learned to improvise with what we have.

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