potatoes are planted!

taa daaa!! the potatoes are planted.. pumpkins or corn (or both) tomorrow… stay tuned its a plant – off!!

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May 24 weekend – Time for planting!

Today started our weekend plant-off for May 24.. It has been a difficult month with all of the rain we’ve been getting, and very hard to get into the fields. Well today we saw the first sunshine in a long while and began our huge planting task. Here’s hoping the rain stays away for a few more days as we are behind on many of our garden jobs!

planning and plotting…

Now is the time we begin our plans for this year’s garden plots, as Spring will soon be here before we know it! There is much to think about as the garden beds are sketched out, and there are many factors to consider before we know where everything is to be planted. Crop rotation, soil type, days to germination, water/sun requirements, how much to plant, and the list goes on. Its like a giant puzzle!

brrrr! where did summer go?

It sure has gotten colder these days! Time to get all the wood split and stacked for the Winter months ahead… We’ve been preparing the garden soil for the upcoming months as well, by adding compost mulch. There was still plenty of food in the garden – we managed to take in our carrots, onions and potatoes for storage before Jack Frost  got them. I also got my Garlic all planted about a month ago, and just now can see that it has taken root as new shoots are poking up thru the soil. This weekend I mulched the Garlic plot with a thick layer of straw, and it will hopefully protect them until early Spring… time to put another log on the stove.. J

Yay for new chicks!

We just got a new batch of fluffy baby chicks! It will take about 20 weeks for them to grow into laying pullets (hens) I decided to get a few different kinds this time and see how it goes – some Black, Red and Barred Rock. The sure are fun to be around, and are full of personality already! We have had a busy month of harvest in our gardens, bringing in lots of beans, tomatoes, and the remaining field of sweet corn! We spent a few late evenings blanching the veggies and then into the freezers for eating over Winter.

Fresh Food is Ready!

We are excited to be harvesting the first of many vegetables to come from our natural gardens! They are ready for eating fresh or preserving for cold Winter months. Be sure to check our stand frequently as the produce variety changes often! Fresh food tastes the best!

roadside stand – now open!

This week marks the opening of our 2010 roadside stand! We are very excited to have upgraded from last year’s umbrella and picnic table to a snazzy new tent! This week there will be Peas, Beans, New Red Potatoes, Radishes, 2 varieties of Cucumbers, Romaine and Green Leaf Lettuce & Fresh Herbs. Each week there will be different items on the table as they become available for harvesting.

The stand will be typically open between 3 and 7pm  weekdays, Saturdays 10am-4pm. closed Sundays, and will be based on the good old honour system.

All produce has been grown naturally without pesticides.

Please email: russwoodfarmstead@gmail.com if you need any directions.

We hope to see you here!