Naturally Good News

New Terra Farm May 2007

Garden News

Well, the cool nights continue; we actually has frost here on the night after Mother’s Day. This is slowing down the stuff in the garden already - cabbages, broccoli, cauliflower, onions, beets, carrots, lettuces, peas, beans and greens.

We are keeping everything covered with row covers to protect them; our garden looks like a haunted farm, white sheets covering everything. So far we have saved everything except possibly one bed of sweet onions; they may still bounce back, but apparently were hit hard by the frost. We have LOTS more planted and started, so this won’t affect delivery quantities.

And our greenhouse is full to bursting, lots of tomatoes, pepper and eggplant waiting to get out. Hopefully this week the weather takes a turn for the warmer and we will get back these guys into their new ‘home’.

Overall this may push the first delivery back a few days; we will let everyone know when to expect it as soon as we have a better idea.

Home Garden Tip

If you want to get a lot of good stuff out of a small garden, don’t follow the seed spacing recommendations you find on seed packets and in most books. Most seeds can be planted much closer than the books recommend.

For example, the directions on a one of my packs of onion seed reads ‘space plants 6” – 8” apart in rows 16” apart’. We plant all our onions, even the big Walla Walla’s that can reach almost a pound each, in wide rows, spaced 6” apart in the row in all directions. So in one 16’ long wide row (or raised bed) that is 32” wide we get about 150 big onions. If you followed the seeding directions on the packet you would get less than half that.

In general you can use the spacing that’s given for the plant in the row as the spacing between rows as well. You will get a LOT more plants out of a given area and planting this way saves water and weeding time. Of course you have to maintain soil fertility by rotating crops and adding natural soil amendments (e.g. aged manure or compost).

Box Order Update

The cool night weather is also slowing down pasture growth. We have just recently put lambs out on grass for a little ‘finishing’ before their final trip. And our partner farm has done the same with his steers (we both had to buy in more hay than usual to keep the critters fed.)

So, expect the first lamb to be available in about 6-10 days and the first beef box orders in about 2 weeks. I will notify everyone who has ordered when the goodies are ready.

A(nother) New Terra Farm 'low-ku'

Walking in pasture
Struck by notion, should lock
up the ram, Notion