Farm Fresh News
Though we started out doing newsletters, we thought we try something different and move to blogs in 2022. These are very similar to our newsletters without the use of PDFs or templates. Regardless of the format, you can get all your Strong Roots Healthy Farming News right here at any time.
Ah, the inevitable! We now have steers. Josh was worried about having to mow the property, and I was worried that we wouldn’t be able to afford meat in the coming year, so we solved both problems. Josh wanted to name the cows Rump Roast, Brisket, and Hamburger. But the boys weren’t having it, so now we have Mondy, Jupiter, and Cury. My middle son said something about space names. Mond is the german name for moon, hence Mondy. Cury comes from the planet MerCURY. And Jupiter is self-explanatory. Kids can have such creativity if you let them.
Josh had a little surprise when he started prepping field 2 this week. He couldn’t figure out why this bird, called a Deer Kill, kept following him around on the tractor until he looked down and saw this nest in the ground. Josh said that the bird kept acting funny like it was hurt to try and distract him from the nest. Long story short, little Deer Kill really put on a show. Josh tried to get it on video, but he’s having some issues with the latest iPhone update. The reel he thought he recorded didn’t quite make the cut. Regardless, we had to do an emergency move of the eggs, so we’re hoping momma doesn’t have any issues with that.
Fruit on the tomato plants is a sure sign that summer is coming soon! We’ve been slowly but surely terminating rows of greens so that the tomatoes and beets can be transplanted. We have everything from big slicer tomatoes to cherry tomatoes to paste tomatoes.
This week was blueberry week. We had to add organic, elemental sulfur; organic bonemeal; aged manure; and organic poultry fertilizer to the soil in preparation for planting. Then we planted, watered, and we are now in the process of mulching. Next will be the drip irrigation system. Blueberries are going to be quite the project for us!
We’re planting ginger and turmeric in the greenhouse this week. These ginger roots have been occupying our seeding room in flats for a few months now. We’ve been waiting, so that we could dig them up and find these wonderful little “eyes” on them (kinda like potatoes). These eyes or sprouts are planted facing up. Now, we just have to wait until October before we reap the benefits. That feels like a long way away, doesn’t it? Patience is a virtue I suppose…
When Josh added the sprinkler systems to the first field, he noticed that the water pressure just wasn’t making the grade, so he spent the majority of the week researching a well pump upgrade which he installed on Friday. We went from a one-horse, 10-gallons a minute pump to a one-and-a-half-horse, 27-gallons per minute pump.
If you took the tour, most of you saw our first attempt at straw mulch last week. Guess what? That mulch was all blown away by the wind. (Heavy Sigh) Note to self: Ensure sprinkler system is in place prior to putting down straw mulch.
Kansas weather is never dull; I will say that. This week, we’ve seen wind, snow, rain, and sun. Planting has been a bit of a risky business. But as one of my favorite authors, Jen Sincero, says, “There is no riskier risk than refusing risk at all.” And so…the planting has begun.