March On The Farm

March is almost gone, my how time flies…

We’ve been keeping VERY busy with our blood orange crop. Our buyer has been requesting plenty of boxes, and that means lots of picking, cleaning, and packing.  Even though it is plenty of hard work, it is worth it because it is always nice to be able to sell our crop.  Blood orange season is winding down however, so that means our time and focus gets to shift.

One of our blood oranges

March has seen huge growth of our tomato seedlings. Farmer Dave planted about 80 tomato plants and was able to sell those seedlings to friends and others in the community.  Spring is officially here, and while it seems funny to plant summer plants in the spring, now is in fact the time to get ready for your summer garden.  Spring marks the transition in the garden from winter crops to summer crops.  We still have some winter crops producing for us, but we’ve definitely been getting ready for those summer crops.

Along with the tomato seedlings, Farmer Dave has been getting summer corn seedlings ready.  The time to get your corn going is now, ensuring that the seedling can get enough sun to grow and have enough time to create those delicious ears of corn.

If you have any gardening/crop questions, of course feel free to call The Farm and talk to Farmer Dave.

March also saw 2 new additions to The Farm – Linda finally got the vineyard she’s always wanted, and we’ve also welcomed 8 new baby chicks to the property.

Our vines are waking up!

The vineyard has been a long time coming, and after much hemming and hawing, we finally have started growing wine grapes. We have a couple rows of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Thompson Seedless growing out near where the little log cabin used to be.  The vines are waking up, and some even have started producing some little leaves. We are very excited at the prospect of making wine with actual grapes to go along with our other fruit wine creations.

As for the new baby chicks, we aren’t having them join the other egg-laying chickens we have on the property. These 8 baby chicks are here on the farm because we are going to experiment with raising our own eating chickens.  We aren’t exactly sure how this will end up, but we figured it was at least a try.

Peek-a-boo! We see you little baby chick!

We’ve received some nice rainfall, which is always appreciated, and we’re happy to see Spring’s arrival, along with the added evening sunlight of Daylight Savings.  All in all, it’s been a busy March, but a good March.

Happy Spring, and get outside and garden!

One Reply to “March On The Farm”

  1. Love your March review! And love my tomato plants! Can’t wait for them to start producing – but we now need the sun!

    EATING CHICKENS! couldn’t do it…remind me to tell you about a 4th of July we had in SD with eating chickens…It was a long time before I could eat one.

    Love you two! S.

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