Moonstruck Farms

  (Phelan, California)
Moonstruck Farms CSA
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Here goes...what a different year this is going to be !

Well we are buying seed by the ounce and by the pound...big difference from last year.  150 feet of snow peas went in today instead of 20 feet like last year....100s of feet of squash, melons and green beans are planned.  We have radishes with greens over a foot long!! We have French Breakfast radishes that are over 3 inches long.  What a difference the new single layer of polyethylene is making.  It is a new product for Conleys too and they said it had improved UV rating.  Between that and the increased volume we are seeing incredible differences in production.  The test green beans and squash are doing fantastic.  Trays are started to go outside as soon as those night temps stay at 40.  Meanwhile the onions are growing like crazy though you see a little damage on the initial greens from all the freezes.  Dahlia size Zinnias are on their way to go into the ground with sunflowers and lavender will be available again.  Basil inside is doing well...putting some outside to harden off to go in with the nice temps coming up.  Molly has been working hard herding chickens, and she dug with me in the garden again.  As I dug with the hand shovel she dug with her paws and then I started to smooth out the area for planting with my hands so she started using her nose!!  It was so cute!!  She is so smart!!  I can't wait to get the livestock fence up and see her work all the animals!!  First row being taken out of production in the old greenhouse this week.  We are going to cover crop with barley and Daikon radishes.  The Daikons are for a parishioner who is fighting cancer and is having a hard time finding them...our Daikons and prayers are for you Bob.  Moonstruck signing out.
 
 

Moving along..

Started the day picking up the last of the whole chickens...wow.. Whole chickens will probably sell out this month!  Spent an hour or so creating a new seed storing system including seeding supplies so all in one place...put aside tomatoes, squash, savory, chervil, broccoli raab, Michli chinese cabbage, Savoy cabbage and Fordhook Swiss to be started in trays...and another batch of a variety of lettuces to be planted outside along with more beets and radishes.  Completed the outside planting along with a tray of lettuce that was ready to go out..completed some foliar feeding and watering the new germinating rows.  i called a local supplier about new supplies for irrigation in the new greenhouse that will eliminate the need to hand water newly planted rows.  Wow...what a day...and many more to come...so sweet to see things coming together! 

 
 

Boring normal day on the farm!

Started the day as usual, up with the husband, made his lunch, checked to make sure the girls were up and running...signed any forgotten school papers, made sure a good lunch was made, start a load of laundry and a pot of coffee!!  Drop Meghan at school; neighbor takes the high school age one and I pick up...what a deal!!  Drive back in the driveway, close the gate, feed the chickens, let them out for the day...feed goats...check on temperature of greenhouse...sun is up...might be too hot.  Switch some more laundry.  Check email..process any orders...off to the great outdoors....today it was off to the bank to make deposits and then off to the Bashaws...discussed some business and then off to processing chickens...it was cold in there today!!  I really don't usually mind the cold, but I don't think I will be complaining later this week when the temperatures rise just a little. Finished up just in time to pick up Sierra from school, then Meghan, then back in time to grab a bite to eat and bring in eggs for the day.  I cooked a lot this weekend so we would have leftovers this busy week...and then took care of the sprouts, wheat grass and started a few flats for hydroponics and the greenhouse.  I am going to add a few basil to the hydroponics operation...would love to provide basil year around along with the head lettuce.  Started several herbs too for the new herb garden...need a lot of thyme....hahahah..get it time...okay, maybe I need to get back to farming because I definitely will never make it as a comedian.  Moonstruck signing off!!
 
 
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