Snow, Snow, Snow

It may not officially be winter yet by the calendar, but it sure feels as if it is! We don't have too much left in the ground, but we do have some leeks (below). We realized that even on a warm day, the soil around them wouldn't thaw enough for us harvest them because it was insulated by 5-6 inches of snow! We cleared snow away as best we could in hopes that the sun would be able to warm the exposed soil right next to the leeks and allow some thawing. Of course, then we saw that the forecast is for 5-8 inches of snow and sleet Saturday...we are now hoping that the rain on Sunday will do some thawing work for us. 

We are plugging away at the new greenhouse. We are almost finished with the polycarbonate endwalls (see below), which means that we should be able to cover the house in plastic next week, if we have favorable weather.

I can't deny that working outside today was definitely a challenge, however. The ladder is crooked in the picture above because the wind kept blowing it over if someone wasn't holding it steady. 

It is supposed to be even more frigid and windy tomorrow, but it will still probably be easier and safer to get to the market tomorrow rather than Saturday. We will be there Saturday and hope to see folks there as well, but please be safe!

See you at market!

-Ailish

Posts in the Ground, Bows in the Air

Ben and Nick put up the first few bows of the new high tunnel this week to test out the building process. Nick also picked up the wood we will use as a baseboard. We need to put the baseboard on before putting up any more bows because the top-heavy bows, loose, may wiggle the ground post around and skew them in the soil. Once the baseboard is attached, the ground posts will effectively be anchored to each other, and the many that are snugly held by the soil will hold the [fairly] few that are not so well anchored from moving.

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We are continuing to chip away at the garlic cleaning around all the other things we have to do. We are making good progress and we expect to have seed garlic for sale at the market in early October. In the meantime, you can check out our seed garlic page for a refresher or to find out more if you are interested in planting some garlic this year!

I'm keeping it short and sweet this week, but I'll see you at market!

-Ailish