Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Farm Update: Spring is near!

Spring is near! 

The days are getting longer and sun is making more of an appearance in our days, and soon we will be able to start seeds! Fortunately for us, one of the rooms in the barn is insulated, and by repurposing some tables around the farm, upcycling some pallets into seeding shelves, adding some grow lights, soapy water and a lot of scrubbing, we made a workable seed starting room. Now if only spring would hurry up and come!

Some seed starting shelves Donnie made out of pallets

By starting seeds indoors, farmers can transplant their crops into the field as soon as temperatures are suitable outside, shaving weeks to months off the growing time left. By starting seeds indoors, we can extend the harvest season and harvest our crops sooner, extending the length of the CSA share season!

Our first batch to be seeded are your cold season vegetable crops: onions, leeks, green onions, and cabbage first, then kale, kohlrabi, swiss chard, lettuce, spinach, and arugula later this month.

All in all, we spent less than $100 on the "grow room," not counting the soil needed. And there's plenty of room for more shelves and lights, with room for us to expand how much we can start indoors. Not bad! 

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