Worry is unfruitful.
I am trying to focus on this thought as we are knee-deep, and getting deeper by the second into our 2016 season.
This wonderful weather has me forgetting that is it still (already???) March.
We had a very busy winter working on building up the infrastructure at our new property in Healing Springs. Two of our biggest projects including installing a waterstove to provide heat for our home and greenhouse, and building that said greenhouse!
With those projects well underway, we began planning and seeding our early season crops.
Greens, cabbages, broccoli and cauliflower were first. Seeding began at the beginning of January. Our small greenhouse was soon at full capacity. They were moved outside to harden-off and planting was completed this week!
For our early summer crops, we invested in a new grow light set up. Our spare room was commandeered for shelving holding over 15 varieties of tomatoes and peppers. Our first round was re-potted into field transplant and bedding- plant sales trays. We will be selling plants on farm, and through some local stores. Our greenhouse is almost full with our transplants, along with several varieties of cucumbers, squash and melons waiting to sprout!
We prepped the beds for our spring plantings in the fall. However, we had a neighbor with a larger tractor come plow some of our other fields, and Michael has been testing out his new tractor and tiller, prepping our beds for our direct seeded spring crops and summer crops.
Onions, radishes, beets, carrots, arugula and spinach were direct seeded at the end of last week. Sprouts should soon be making their appearance after the rain this weekend!
We are planning quite a bit of expansion this season with both our markets and crops. We will return to the Lexington Market at the Depot, as well as continue at the Piedmont Triad Farmer's Market in Greensboro and have an on-farm stand in Healing Springs.
We will continue to partner with our lovely neighbors, The Persimmon Branch Farm, to bring their delicious peaches to you.
As always, please contact us through comments, e-mail or facebook with your thoughts, or if you are looking to get your hands on produce.
Our Facebook page (The Fine Farming Company), is more regularly updated with pictures and happenings!