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.


Busy around here dealing with a new puppy courtesy of a dear friend...half Catahoula and Border Collie...she will be my working partner!!  The storm put a halt on hardening off tomatoes, but that is okay we will start again when temps go up in a few days.  Greenhouse #1 we have decided we are going to take out of production and cover crop the 1st of May, till under the 1st of June, rebuild the rows eliminating the outside "walking" area and create more growing space with five 3 foot rows and start a full crop of tomatoes for the Fall with some chinese cabbage, scallions and others tucked in between.  In the meantime we have decided on a French Chanteris Melon for our cantaloupe and Moons and Stars for our watermelon and Musque De Provence for pumpkin (huge - farm pick up only if things work out).  Have to be short and sweet just spent an hour playing with the new Website...yes I can actually see the website...needs lots of editing to tailor to our local farms, but it will be coming your way soon!!  I need to get back outside!!  Before I forget last batch of pork for season is coming up soon...let me know if you want to order from the Bashaws.  Moonstruck signing off!
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