Week on the Farm: 3/11/18

Spring is right around the corner. For real this time! The mud says it all. Even though it hailed and then snowed like crazy just three days ago, we had a mild & sunny weekend which brought on Mud Season here in North Idaho.

The gardens are still covered with a few inches of snow, but things are sprouting in the nursery. We have flats of snow peas, lettuce, spinach, kale, chard, broccoli, and cabbage that will be transplanted out under cover in the next 3-4 weeks, weather permitting. Other early crops, like radishes & beets, will be directly seeded into the ground as soon as the soil can be worked. As a fan of multi-purpose tools, a wheel hoe with a seeder attachment has been added to our collection of tools to help increase productivity. More mention of the wheel hoe will come in future blogs as we adapt it to our gardens and workflow. If we ever get it unboxed, that is! It arrived a week ago and there hasn’t been enough spare time to sit down and get it assembled. “Maybe tomorrow.” 🙂

Hoss wheel hoe with seeder attachment

Started experimenting with growing microgreens in the nursery and if they prove to do well will try bringing them to market this spring to see what sort of demand there is. Microgreens require a large amount of seed which factors into the end price, and I have to figure out if it’s financially feasible to grow and sell here. Curtis Stone up in Kelowna, BC has a great video series covering his microgreen operation, starting with the Microgreen Trials and Tribulations video.

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