March 28, 2009

The squirrels dug up nearly every one of the 5,000 bulbs planted last fall. This is what it looked like this morning. After I filled all the holes yesterday. It’s really heartbreaking!

Decided to make lemonade from those lemons, so we have made some changes, done some transplanting, and cleared a space about 4′ x 4′ (with an unfortunate downhill grade.)

Yesterday Dennis helped me clear all the vinca (I’m starting to hate the stuff, even at this time of year when all the pretty blue flowers are showing.) Planted some peas around the teepee and the tuteur. Some short rows of mache, arugula and a heritage lettuce called Pandero. I can’t wait.

This is what Thompson-Morgan (my go-to seed source) says about Pandero “Sweet and tasty, miniature ‘cos’ lettuces with deep red leaves from a young age, so can be used as ‘baby leaves’ as well as ‘hearts’.” All I know is it’s very pretty.

Below the stone wall, I made short rows of radishes, and sprinkled dill and parsley seed generously in two other areas. I’ve got more Italian lettuces in a pot on the table, and another container of parsley on the stone wall. (I use a lot of parsley, plus the Monarch and Swallowtail butterflies like it a lot.)

So, the farm is started. There are all sorts of things sprouting under grow lights in the basement, too. More about that in another post.

One Response to “The Farm 2009”

  1. dogwooddesigner

    So cool, Cathy! I think both Kyle and I will have a lot of good things to read about in your blog. And lucky for me, he can make your recipes even if I can’t. Way to go, chick!


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