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Thoughts for Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Blog: Spinella Farm   -   Tuesday June 24, 2014   -   By Edward

If we were back in the hay business, I would be ecstatic about this weather - hot, dry and windy. But it is not good for growing vegetables. Luckily we can just turn the handle and the drip irrigation goes to work! Yesterday we spent time cutting all of the...

Thoughts for Monday, June 23, 2014

Blog: Spinella Farm   -   Monday June 23, 2014   -   By Edward

As much as I think I'm behind in some of my tasks on the farm, when I look around and think about it, I'm not bad off at all. There is always something to do and yes, some things do get a little farther beyond then you would like them to be. But considering...

Thoughts for Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Blog: Spinella Farm   -   Tuesday June 10, 2014   -   By Edward

We have been getting a warm rain for the last two days in the Delaware Valley. Fortunately at the farm, it has been raining sparingly. Warm rain makes every thing grow. And that includes the fungus and the weeds.  I expected the worst when I walked the...

Thoughts for Monday, June 9, 2014

Blog: Spinella Farm   -   Monday June 09, 2014   -   By Edward

The CSA and the market both went very well on Saturday. It was cool to see the excited faces of the CSA members as they went along the table selecting the fruits and vegetables that they wanted. A couple of first timers said they felt guilty about the produce...

Thoughts for Friday, June 6, 2014

Blog: Spinella Farm   -   Friday June 06, 2014   -   By Edward

While scouting the potato patch the day before last, I discovered some beginnings of the blight. As I looked up the diseased leaves to confirm my suspicion that it was late blight, my next thought was to contact our county ag agent to give him the word. You...

Thoughts for Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Blog: Spinella Farm   -   Wednesday June 04, 2014   -   By Edward

Anna and I put the rest of the drip line down last night. It rained all around us after much of the afternoon was hot and humid. I turned on the water for about an hour and a half last night. There was a time when I wouldn't think of watering after dark...

Thoughts for Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Blog: Spinella Farm   -   Tuesday June 03, 2014   -   By Edward

Something happened yesterday that very few people take into consideration when they think of farming.  My daughter Anna was helping my father put in some drip lines. I was busy fertilizing over in the same patch of ground. My ear caught bits and pieces...

Thoughts for Monday, June 2, 2014

Blog: Spinella Farm   -   Monday June 02, 2014   -   By Edward

We managed again to do very well at the market on Saturday. Next week we start the CSA and I am looking forward to seeing all of my old and new members. We lucked out in that the weather broke in time to get plenty of strawberries and asparagus for the market...

Thoughts for Friday, May 30, 2014

Blog: Spinella Farm   -   Friday May 30, 2014   -   By Edward

It has been cool, that's for sure. Even my fishing buddy Pat, who catches lobsters and fish off the South Jersey coast, says that the weather has pushed back the fishing season a couple of weeks. Those big beautiful strawberries have stopped ripening up, the...

Thoughts for Thursday, May 29, 2014

Blog: Spinella Farm   -   Thursday May 29, 2014   -   By Edward

Every year as I browse the seed stands at the local big box or hardware store, something always catches my eye and I say, "I've got to try and grow that!" This year it was the Burpee catalog that provided the impetus. I've always been a fan of...

Thoughts for Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Blog: Spinella Farm   -   Wednesday May 28, 2014   -   By Edward

The Colorado Potato Beetle is one of the earliest things that I can recollect when it comes to farming. That sounds kinda strange so let me explain. My grandfather was a tomato farmer. He grew what we call "can house" tomatoes for Violet Packing in...

Thoughts for Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Blog: Spinella Farm   -   Tuesday May 27, 2014   -   By Edward

It was a busy Memorial Day weekend but the weather was good and so was the company. We had a banner day at market on Saturday. We were one of two vendors that had strawberries so we loaded up the pickup with as many flats of the sweet fruit as we could and...

Thoughts for Friday, May 23, 2014

Blog: Spinella Farm   -   Friday May 23, 2014   -   By Edward

It was a great relief that the terrible storms that went through our area yesterday literally went right around us. Rain is bad. Hail is the worst. There is no more helpless feeling than watching it rain from the sky and you have no way of stopping it. Frost...

Thoughts for Friday, May 23, 2014

Blog: Spinella Farm   -   Friday May 23, 2014   -   By Edward

It was a great relief that the terrible storms that went through our area yesterday literally went right around us. Rain is bad. Hail is the worst. There is no more helpless feeling than watching it rain from the sky and you have no way of stopping it. Frost...

Thoughts for Thursday, May 22, 2014

Blog: Spinella Farm   -   Thursday May 22, 2014   -   By Edward

Athletes talk about being in the zone. That perfect time in which everything they do is just right and it all clicks. The baseball is as big as a beach ball tot he batter. The hoop was as wide as the ocean to the basketball player. The goal posts were right up...

Thoughts for Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Blog: Spinella Farm   -   Tuesday May 20, 2014   -   By Edward

I finished fertilizing the gardens last night with the Norwegian seaweed extract. I need to get the commercial size package if they have one. I doubt it. I noticed that the zucchino rapidio, Italian squash, has popped out of the ground and is throwing its...

Thoughts for Monday, May 19, 2014

Blog: Spinella Farm   -   Monday May 19, 2014   -   By Edward

We had a very successful beginning to our market season on Saturday at the Burlington County Ag Center in Moorestown. We sold out completely by noon although we had to stay for another hour or two so we talked to our customers who came a little too late to...

Thoughts for Thursday, May 15, 2014

Blog: Spinella Farm   -   Thursday May 15, 2014   -   By Edward

Well, I managed to put a big dent in the work load last night. I was betwixt and between on whether to spray the peas with the deer repellant (egg whites) since we are expecting rain. But, dammit, I couldn't live with myself if those little rascals got in...

Thoughts for Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Blog: Spinella Farm   -   Wednesday May 14, 2014   -   By Edward

A formidable foe, the yellow nutsedge. Instead of cursing it, I admire it as I take my wire weeder and gently pluck out each weed or clump. The nutsedge has amazing survival skills and is proficient in the lacking sandy loam that is my potato patch. I have...

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