Seasons at Procter Farm

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And the Season Begins...

Suddenly the weather feels like spring again – real spring, where it is cold and if you stand out of the wind in the sun you can glimpse summer in the distance. I have planted some spring peas and early carrots. The plants in the greenhouse are growing, especially the napa cabbage, which seems to really enjoy the temperature fluctuations that are occurring. I hope to have the heat going in there soon but regardless, even the leeks, scallions, and onions are snapping up their little string-like stalks with increasing rapidity from the soil.

As you will see by the photos below, the chicks are growing quickly. When I sneak up on them they are all sleeping with heads outstretched; their little bodies squeezed next to each other in arcs around the glow of the heat lamp. When they realize that I am there they immediately jump up, begin cheeping, and furiously eat. Adding human motivations to birds, I want to say they are showing off but in reality, I don’t really know why they feel the need for this frenzied activity, just because someone is present. Regardless, it sure is entertaining!

Though I mentioned that the greenhouse plastic had been put on a couple of weeks ago, what was not –but is now-  set up was the blower. This small electric-run device blows air between the 2 layers of the greenhouse and inflates them. This not only creates a warmer interior of the greenhouse, but keeps the 2 layers from whipping around and possibly tearing or catching on rough bolts. No matter how tight the plastic is stretched over the hoops there is always slack. The blower is just such an invaluable finishing touch for the plastic to have a longer life. (the typical lifetime of greenhouse plastic is 4 years)

 
 

The Plastic is On!

Sunscreen… sunglasses… t-shirts… you’d think I was describing the middle of the summer, right? Usually that would be the case but accompanying our crazy winter weather was a “scorcher” in the middle of March. It was on this bazaar 75 degree day that we succeeded in getting the greenhouse plastic up. Starting at 8am and working until 11am, the process of hoisting and securing the plastic required infinitely less effort than our first attempt - which I made mention of in the last entry. Where we were fighting to keep the plastic and ourselves on the ground that first time but yesterday the plastic sailed smoothly over the bows seemingly of its own accord. It is now time to start seeding. This week some flowers, parsley, scallions, and onions are going to be put into cell trays. The alliums take so long to grow that they have to be started this early.

 
 
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