The farm is waking up from a winter rest

February 21, 2014 Tom Salzer 0

It’s February, and we’re seeing the farm start to wake up from dormancy. The fields are greening up, robins are searching for worms, and the pussy willows are popping. A cold snap in December challenged us to keep the pipes from freezing as a bitterly cold east wind blew against the […]

Putting the garden to bed for the winter

October 22, 2013 Tom Salzer 0

Our garden soil texture is a loam made up of 34% sand, 42% silt, and 24% clay. The soil pH is 5.7, much less acidic than the soil in the fields which had pH values ranging from 4.9 to 5.1.  Nevertheless, we added 25 pounds of pelletized lime this fall […]

End of summer in the garden

September 6, 2013 Tom Salzer 0

We may be nearing the end of summer, but growth and change go on. The gold raspberries are still producing fruit, and of course the zucchini plants are bountiful. We have buckwheat planted in the farmhouse garden as a cover crop. The two hydrangea bushes continue to put out new […]