Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Over my head in brush

I took a walk out into the back section that we are currently not using to look around today, and boy has it grown up. The section was clear cut before we moved here last year, and the weeds, brush, and junk have really taken off. So...

tomorrow I am going to start clearing it. Since we do things the "old-fashioned" way here, I'll be doing it by hand, a chain saw and machete. No tractors or bush hogs here. It will eventually be an acre and a half pasture for the additional livestock that we want to put on the farm. So there is a lot of work to do. But at least the weather is cooling off now so it won't be quite so hot out there.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Herbal Update

Just came back in from transplanting some perennial herbs in a couple of the beds. It's a good start on next years crop. we transplanted 6 Lemon Balm plants planted, 6 Boxwood Basil, 9 Thai Basil, and 1 Rosemary. All of them were propagated from cuttings, so I'm feeling pretty good, since it's my first time propagating by cutting. Will be making a few more cutting this weekend to start some more.

The Dill is about ready to harvest, and the Genovese Basil isn't too far behind.

Monday I get the Bee Balm and Echinacea started.

Now if I can just keep the chickens at bay until the plants are big enough that they won't bother them.

Thought of the day

I got this off of twitter this morning and wanted to share with you.

Your thoughts become your words.
Your words become your actions.
Your actions become your legacy.

That is so true on so many levels. something I need to remember, not only as a farmer, but as a husband and father.
Great insight Steve !!!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

New things on the horizon

We have started a new phase of our work here on the farm. So far we have 5 new growing beds dug and started for our expansion into the selling of fresh, dried, and potted herbs, along with cut flowers. In our area, I haven't seen anyone selling these items outside of the grocery store where freshness is normally lacking.

We already have some of the herbs well established and are doing well enough that we can market some of them this fall. We're working on preparing the rest for early spring sales.

The herbs we are growing or working on starting are, 3 kinds of basil (Genovese, Boxwood, and Tia), along with Oregano, Thyme, Rosemary, Dill, Sage, and Parsley.
We will also be growing and offering tea herbs, five different varieties ranging from Mints to Chamomile.

If you were going to purchase fresh herbs grown locally, what kinds would you be looking for? Give us some ideas!