2017 Farm Schedule

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APRIL

6 built table for seedlings
7 sharpened garden tools and organized cabinet with supplies
8 improved table for seedlings
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10 pulled up turnips in 2 rows ( planted in 2016 to keep soil loose with it’s big roots
11 picked up a gas fuel tank for farm $100 craigs
12 Picked up plastic Mulch at Pine Valley Farm ( Burkholder) Merivin will use 2000ft.tele 610 894 5151.
13 prepped #1 row and sowed seeds…mix and dwarf Kale. Cleared 1 outside row for planting
14 row #2 Collards  Laid drip line and plastic mulch 
15 Mervins 8 flats ( radish, (2) kale, okra, rutabaga(2),mixed lettuce, escarole, …They are very root bound and some are too soon for the season. I can not give this task to him again. He was to start my plants early. Very disappointing.
Bought BX mulch $27.95
Bought some Weaver seedlings
Planted lettuce in outside raised bed that was prepped ( cleared, hoed and raked). Lettuce was mulched Laid drip line and plastic mulch
16 Planted cabbage in outside row and kale and collards inside where seeds were previously planted ( row 1 and 2 ) I need this head start. Laid drip line and plastic mulch Seeded flats
17 Cleaned outside of gas tank and painted gas tank
18 Used water and aged chicken manure to feed row 1 . Wheel barrel full of rich dirt and BX  soil were used to build the rows up. ($24 )
19 Outside HT plastic mulch was placed and weighed down with bamboo on 2 rows next to HT. 
Seeded lettuce …mixed variety
20 Used water and aged chicken manure to feed row 2. Built us row with rich soil and mulch       $24
21 Called around…Mervin and Henry will not plow my fields this year. OUCH!! I called around to find out who could do my fields….no on yet.
22 Filled 30 flats with BX soil for future seedlings
23 18 Blue Berry bushes did not survive. I pulled them out. Cleared over head frame in HT
 24 Planted escarole outside HT in B1 ( used shovel and hoe. Laid drip line and plastic mulch)
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26Tried to rototill. machine is non functional. I have to use hoe and shovel.Pulled up turnips 9 hours
27 Hoe and shovel in HT for rows to be built up. Pulled up turnips. Dumping all turnips and plant disposal in pile outside of HT for mulch pile11 hrs
28 Moving wheel barrel full of lama soil in from outside of HT to build up rows.  10 hrs
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MAY

1 May…busy researching seeds that ae heirloom and Oher farmer sites .
NOTE The Market Gardener and notes from Pat Mangas are the best guides so far in farming for me. 
 
2 I made up labels and bought supplies ( including BX 3.8 cubes)
3 Set up hoops and plastic for beans, squash and endive
 
4planted parsley flat and Marshellow flat. Seeded in flats squash. 
 
NOTE. Seed all squash ( summer) directly in soil. Take stronger but plants are so much stronger and bearing. Watered
 
5prepped some rows ( pulled turnips out and buried some for bio mass in rows. built up with 3.8X 3. BX mix with micro Riz.
 
6 Researched seeds from Fedco. Ordered Planted remainder of parsley near house . Hoed Rhubarb next to barn. watered
 
7 Hung some of the 2016 turnips that matured in the HT over the winter for their seeds Took saved seeds from summer of 2016 and planted them ( for turnip geens)  Mixed BX with dirt in HT for 1 row. soil is hard. Weed wacked in HT where the turnip greens were too tall to pull out by hand.Filled bird feeders and repaired feeders to 7 locations ….2 in HT
 
NOTE  sowing turnip greens to winter over int he HT …makes too much work in the next season
 
8 Established Mulch pile outside and rear of HT . watered
Planted  12 Chinese cabbage , 9 bean bush bean plants, 9 lemon cucs, 3 regular cucs , 24 snow peas ( on side of HT with a white picket fence for support) Borrowed incubator for fertilized eggs!!!
 
9Auction @ Kutztown/ to observe. Seeded: Mixed greens, Kale mix nd Jute
 
9 Started to repair lower field fence, weed wacked .placed some plastic mulch on rows.
 Bagged sawdust  from Bills
Filled prep section in barn with sawdust ….filled several truck loads.
Truck repairs. Watered
10planting bought spaghetti squash
    power washing ( rented) some supplies and house deck
planted asparagus starters…prepped area outside of fence ) 20ft by 50ft area…by pic and shovel rake and hoe. watered
11 bought dehydrator for vegetables  bartered
12 Seeds arrived from Beaver Creek!!!
13spread wood chips and continued cleaned out section of barn for produce storage.watered
NOTE Need 1.cold cellar. Temp in barn is not great …humidity is also an issue 2. some squash plants may have crossed pollenated due to being planted too close???..Some 2016 saved seeds did not germinate
 
14 Finished prep area in Barn with shelving from wooden boxes, bags and containers for produce Baskets and sign making for stands
15 Painted gas tank and feed cans. Bought pain and supplies. Weeded
16 Planted squashes and sunflowers in and outside of ht watered
 
17 DEAMON ground hog …destroyed all my Tomaotes planted outside.  weeded.Cleared part of basement for future germination. 
 
 
18huge plumbing problem in basement. Started repairs. watered
 
19 making a hose and sprinkler possible for basement. Plumbing …still needs repairs.Watered
 
20 Need plumber…for repairs. Pinehill FArm…..went there t by 2000 ft of plastic mulch @.037cents a ft also bought two flats
 
21 checked a wood splitter from K3YGI . Cleaned out chicken coopwatered
 
22 repaired chicken coop
 
23 String cut. Cleared out hill side. improved water system with new connectors watered
 
Note…water system needs to be checked for holes under plastic occasionally.
 
24 weeded rhubarb and watered it. Built low stone fence around it . mixed chicken manure with water and molasses and yeast.
 
25 plastic mulch on 2 rows #1 and #2 outside. anchored down with bamboo.
 
26 Something inside HT at night….kale and collards not good. hhhmmm  another trap is in order.
 
27 Trap not working……revisited. some of anchoring is redone with 20 logs from wood pile
NOTE   using last years raised rows with reapplied plastic mulch.
28  securing chicken house with new latching system…sliding door.repaired fence around chickens. hand inspected all plants for bugs. Also fixed raised bed for ( mixed )lettuce seeds and starters.
29 picked up splitter. Picked up supplies to but a netting roof over fencing at chicken coop …preventing flyers  from leaving and protection from
hawks.
 
30 HT: kidney beans, long red beans and long greens with tied steel lowers for each plnt to climb. HT{ Planted Thai basil, tall basil and lemon basil next to tomatoes. Pulled some plastic that did not dissolve on the rows outside. Rutabaga, collards and tomatoes…eatten again outside of HT.
 
31 ordered okra seeds. loaded down  with  more logs plastic mulch. Every 8 to 10 ft a log must be put Equaling 10 to 12 logs per row. a heavy chore.
d raised bed for ( mixed )lettuce seeds and starters.
29 picked up splitter. Picked up supplies to but a netting roof over fencing at chicken coop …preventing flyers  from leaving and protection from
hawks.
 

 JUNE

1 DC
2 DC  checked the gardens in DC and the parks for ideas. 
3 DC checked the Botonical Garden…..learned little
4 DC
5 DC 
 
6 Planted Valerium, Astragulas, collards Jute. Watered and weeded
 
7 Tie tomatoe plants and stakes deep. Chicken mix into soil in tomotoe rows in HT. Bought seedlings and planted Dill, herbs:wormwood (P)astagulas(P) aswlaninde(A), mother wort (P) bloodweed (a) Watered
 
NOTE Called ag center about squash plants dieing.Tried /diogenous
on everything leafy
 
8 seeded in flats: collards, cabbage, lettuce nd Mustard greens
weeded front of house flats and built them up with mulch 4 hrs of splitting wood watered
 
9 Weeded and string cut outside HT in lower field and hill side.
 
10 cleared out portion of barn for path to HT supplies. Made more shelving for seedlings. Picked off bugs from squash plant
11 cleared  and organized metal cabinets in HT . Repaired and enforced fence. Watered
 

12made up labels with dates and displayed them accordingly. Prepped flats for future seedlings

 

13 sanitized area for squash storage for winter in basement. Wooden shelves. Picked off bugs again . put Diatomaceous Earth on soil surrounding plants

 
NOTE ASTAG. plant is TOXIC. I removed it from the HT and did
not replant it.
 
14 Watered and hoed. Put mulch around sides of HT to discourage weeds on both sides. Weed wacked outside along HT .watered
 
15Built supports for storage structure outside moved some supplies out of HT for more growing area
 
16Basement plumbing again…leak in pipes. Water in basement. Fixing and taking care of damage Watered
 
17 Started to germinate some seeds in basement and fix a place to store seeds. tired water and detergent mixture on bugs on squash plants.
 
NOTE Seeds saved….using paper plates to dry and label and stack before putting in containers works best ..so far.
 
18 REST…feeling worn. watered
 
19Painted down stairs floor. /area for temperature, humidity and light control is established. NEED a plastic tent.
 
20 fertilizing rows in HT and watered.
 
21 Watered overnight by mistake….NEED. timer for next year
NOTE NEED. water  timer for next year. Diogen and water with detergent is not working for stinkbugs on squash plants.Hand removal is not working .
22 5000 sunflower seeds finally arrived. WATERED. TRIED TO START CLEARING IN UPPER FIELD FOR SUNFLOWERS IN A SPOT THAT WAS COVERED FROM LAST YEAR.IT WAS FUTILE.Ground IS STONE HARD.
23 set out plastic in upper field for seeds was impossible. Will ask Leroy for help with his tractor. Removed all plastic and cleared old watering system. Gathered old gourds for 2018 bird houses.
24  third attempt at iceplants. Seeding flats. fourth attempt at tomato plants outside of HT in ( 2) 100 ft rows. I have preset tomatoes stakes and covering seedlings. These must survive….tomatoes: brandywine, peach, Atlantis, a black variety, Amish. watered
 
25 Sett plastic mulch along outside of HT for better weed control. 
 
26 Pressure treated more  of house deck and supplies. Sharpened hoe. 
 
27 HAND PICKED BUGS OFF OF SQUASH AND DISPOSED OF SOME OF TH ESQUASH PLANTS. watered
 
28.trained bean climbers . set up more supports for beans to climb.  Peas are a lost cause. No idea what was wrong with the peas. Took peas out and put in Lebanese cucumbers
 
29 Rest. Hoed (2 hrs)
 
30 REST

JULY

1 Weed, string cut outside and in HT. Replanted tomatoes( deer had desis troyed and eaten my tomotoe plants outside HT.. Put in Tomote stakes.
2added more tomotoe stakes, watered
3 Bridget returns home after 7 years in China !!!
4 bought paint and supplies. watered. Tried to prep upper field for sunflowers …again
5 started building shelter for farm supplies. Steel poles with PVC pipes curved at top
6 weeded hill side for blue berry bushes. …hoping they will get stronger and strung tomatoes 2 level
7 Weeded  and planted 100 cabbage,150  kale and 300 lettuce in and outside of HT. Gave Zucchini to mail man. They are not market worthy. Stink bugs are invading the Zucchi….soapy water was sprayed on them and I hand removed them. Old sprayer broke . I believe the water froze in it during ht ewinter as it was not emptied completely…overlooked. Will buy another sprayer. Watered .
8 Day off
9 hoe between lettuce to disturb soil 
10 Blueberries are not surviving from last year. Put holly tone on and extra water. I believe the tap roots may have been damaged when dug up. I put a tarp on th ehillside where nothing was to grow to stunt the growth for future planting.
11 Went to auction to check prices. NOt good!!! Planted wormwood and astragulus Watered
 
12 fixed water system and expanded it to double in some isles for extra soak.. Fixed leaks and some fittings, String cut ( 4 hrs) Weeded French Rubarb along side of barn
 
13 Taught guests about farming with out poisons. The Bohlee extended family own one of the largest farms on Mauricius. I taught them about heirloom seeds saved every year and their ability to outperform each year. The labor intensive daily observations and the attention to the soils …….never filtering th epoisons and copper sprayed on tomatoes annually by other farmers in our area on a cumulative scale.
 
14 Picked Jute  and prepped and experimented with cooking it. Best in chicken broth. Nutrician is off the charts. Picked scallions htat came up from last year.Watered
 
15 Took time out
 
16 Weeded and taught how corn is planted by showing fields other farmers had to Manish. Soaked leaves of Zuch for bugs again
 
17 Watered . Repaired fence. Cleaned out chicken house to make diluted watered down fertilizer (DWDF) for tomatoes and kale.
 
18 worked soil in rasied bed for oregano to thrive. Watered the bed with a good soaking even though there was rain.
 
19More stringing tomatoes, Examined kale and zucchini. Soapy water is not working. Switched to Diaog Earth. Put on kale, and Zucchi and other summer squash.watered
 
20 Pumpkin and summer squash outsid eof HT is not doing well. Examined to find some more stink bugs. …Diog Earth used . Bought seeds. 
 
21 DEER….again. They must be junping ht efence…destroyed Cabbage Tomtoes, cucbumberes and SQuash. Giving up on upper field for sunflower seeds/ I REALLY NEED a tractor!!!!!!!!!
22Seeded flats: kale(mix…Russian, dino, lacy) Bought and planted cabbage seedlings from farmer. Strung tomatoe plants.watered
 
23Seeded spinach after working and enriching the soil with DWDF 
24Seeded in flats water cress,bloomdale spinach, arugula, yokatta-na. watered
25Seedings from 7/7 were toppled by an animal in the night. Damaged and disguarded.
26 continued shelter for farm supplies. dug holes for  tomato stakes to tie steal pipes to…much stronger results watered
27 continued shelter for farm supplies
28 moved some supplies from HT, barn and  addition to the shelter even though there is no plastic to cover structure. More room in HT to plant as a result.
29added two more  string levels to tomato in HT . tapped poles down further for load.watered.

August

1 Auction. Went to see prices and what was selling. Tomatoes, potatoes, note….little zucchini or summer squash. Weeded, watered inside and outside.
Cabbage is ready but it is small due to animals eating the plants early on.
Slept close to HT to spie on deer hopping over the higher fence.
2 Talked to Newwanger Farmer near outlet to sell as a unit for larger  orders in 2018…also as a unit of 4 farmers we could be more consistant in a larger market. They agreed to come on board. I will pick up their produce and present it at Boyers. They will not conflict with the already produce. Put Henry and my produce out ( Jute, beans , Kale ect)at Boyers Market.Watered
CONCERN….I do not have enough for two stands due to the animal and insect damage as well as my late plantings.
3 Weeding too much from the rain. The increase in stink bugs is esculating and I can not seem to kill them to salvage some of my produce. I am so glad I am diversified to know what can be easy for 2018. Peppers, spices, tomatoes…are easiest. Kale is necessary but the bugs with out spraying prove not to be marketable..same for squash and cabbage.Watered
4Researched HERBS. Made a list: Valerian,4 types of tyme( French, lemon, veragated, low bushy one) ,rosemary 2 types, oregano( Greek, French, ),Sage ( verogated,silver, French), wormwood, marshmellow, mothers wort St john’s wort,
5 tried to have 2 farmers help me sow the sunflower seeds…no luck
6Did ntoe research on herbs. Bought 60 plants and planted them including several new varieties including tarragon (French), chocolate mint, regular peppermint, 3 sages in one plant,borage, Planted most outside of HT towards the hill side. These two rows had squash destroyed by stink bugs. Perhaps these herbs will do better.3rd row in HT are all herbs.
7 mixed fertilizer from chicken pen …diluted to herbs watered heavily and built up rows, repaired water system and placed new mulch
8 SICK….. Picked tomatoes and basil.Picked up Henry produce and Newswanger Farmer produce…took to Boyers market with a few of my tomatoes.
9 Sick  Took generator to Clifford to fix. Watered and inspected plants for stink bugs…Diotin …
10  SICK all day
11 Picked tomatoes took to Boyers
12 Had to paint stand and repair  as well as make it brighter in appearance for  esthetics
13Picked up produce from farmers to fill stands. I put the few white scallops out from my farm and more tomatoes. A box from other farmers. My tomatoes stand out being heirloom but theirs is what most people are use to.Pumpkins are in early and Henry is already selling a lot of them at the auction
14 I need netting….too late to order
 
15 putting in the 4 flats of kale I planted…dino, Russian, lacy in last two rows and outside rows. 
 
16 Finally the Lebanoese cucumbers are coming in bulk but they are too tiny .
 
17 NOTICE Newsanger is leaving their telephone numbers on their signs…something to question. .This is not a team if we put our numbers out for contacts. UGH…not good.Will not include them in our team for 2018 
 
Note learned about kale….replant every 3 months…..
 
18 Weeded, watered built up outside bed #2 aand seeded greens. Cleared for oregano to expand.
 
19cleared Box 1 outside HT after picking salade greens that bolted.. NOTE>>>THESE boxes can not be used for greens.. They seem to bolt quickly. I will try kale after heavily fertilizing and building them up inprep of 2018
 
20Picked a few tomatoes….the slow down is remarkable but I have yellow , white, sweet cherry, brandy wine…..too few but now I know they are key to a market.
 
21Bought and planted a winter cabbage. Planted 2 flats outside and 2 flats inside . These seedlings seem strong Watered
 
22 Finished the remains of planting form day 21 Watered
 
23 repaired water system. Had to buy new hoses to bring water down from barn.
 
24 Auction …went to see what others were growing successfully. Took produce to Boyers Weeded 
 
NOTE Beans and Jute are and have been producing but no one buys them. I have lowered my prices down considerably. Jute and kale are time consuming …cold shock before display and keeping them as cool as possible  on stand or in water.
 
25 NOT much left. ….a DEER found their way into my HT…..How is that possible!!!  They have been coming close to the house and barn due to hunters…but my HT. I put a radio in th eHT, I have slept n the HT ….I will have to put a fence separate inside the HT around the circumference this winter.
 
NOTE…Fencing in HT, bug netting, supplies for water system and  a tractor for 2018
 
26   too disgusted!! to go into HT after lowering the sides (  where they entered) yesterday
 
27 peppers, some tomatoes, herbs  are all that remain.
 
NOTE Season OVER. Took Stand down at Boyers
 
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29  Weeded and watered remains

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