Saturday, April 14, 2012

Dry spring

Mid April and still very little rain this spring. It has made it nice to get field work done but is starting to get a little scary. We are forecast to get some rain today and the next few days also. Hope we do,the ground is pretty dry. Also with this 'good' weather I don't have any excuse for being behind.
In the greenhouse the peppers are all transplanted and growing. The tomatoes are all seeded and in the germination chamber. If you go to the garden centers you can see plants big enough to set out but I prefer to "plant after my neighbors rather than replant with them". That being said this mild spring it would have been nice to have a high tunnel. I know the greenhouse heat bill will be less than usual.


Saturday, April 7, 2012

April brings no showers

Mom says, "Now that the weather is nice and we have lot's to write about, I don't want to be in at the computer.  I'd be rather be outside doing stuff." So, here's what they are doing today:

Dad is spreading manure, or to put it nicely, adding organic matter to the soil.  It's a two tractor job.
The greenhouse is filling up.  After starting the first peppers right after it was covered, Dad has now moved on to planting seeds for the early tomatoes.  Mom has been transplanting peppers from the small flats (244) to large (36 or 48).  She started out working in her carhart overalls, but soon changed to lighter gear late this morning, and now she took a break for somewhere cooler.  Even on a mild day with a brisk breeze the greenhouse gets hot.

What else is planted?  Besides tomatoes and LOTS of peppers, there is some lettuce (shown above), cabbage and other cole crops, and onions.

Maybe we will soon get some April showers and the people who are doing all this work will have time to come inside and post something.
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