Spring is Around the Corner!

17 Feb

Things have been transitioning rather quickly and the garden has slowly taken a new form. The idea is that I will plant row crops that I can rotate on the perimeter of the garden, and have a more formal series of gardens in the central space. I have been working on incorporating a herb section, a cut flower section, and a fruit section of the garden. I have strived to achieve a balance of reworking parts of the garden, starting stuff in the greenhouse and planting in the field, keeping things watered and weeded, starting compost, and battling the recent frost this past weekend. It is a pretty scary sight going to the garden in the morning to find your crops frozen stiff. As things thawed out I was able to assess the damage. The head lettuce had some tip burn but other than that could be salvaged. The potatoes were killed back to the ground but from what I have been reading, they should grow back in a few weeks. Other than that most things seemed to have made it through fairly well.

I have had the pleasure of working with my girlfriend a couple of times in the last few months. Maya is the assistant farm manager at Serenbe Farms in Palmetto, GA. It was great digging in the dirt with her again! We spent 9 months as interns at Serenbe Farms last season. We reshaped some beds and made space for a cut flower section of the garden. We assembled some drip irrigation and built some compost piles. We also planted out lettuce, swiss chard, curly kale, red russian kale, collards, spinach, and chinese cabbage that I have begun harvesting already! We reworked other parts of the garden to create a focal point and provide a space to show off some Cumberland garden art and plant some additional blueberry plants.

I also had the pleasure of working with my first official wwoofer Paul Henning. Paul had a great attitude and work ethic and helped me work through some not so fun farm tasks and the results look great! We completely reworked a field and added marsh rack to the pathways. The marsh rack will help to keep weeds down and once broken down more will be added to the beds to provide additional organic matter to the soil. We also gathered leaves, kitchen scraps, horse manure and built another large compost pile. So far it looks like things are breaking down rather quickly. We repaired the barbwire on the front fence, and planted out a few things from the greenhouse. It is always nice to have some company in the garden and work through some projects I have been wanting to complete. It is amazing what you can do with an extra set of hands!

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