We generally look to the third week in May as the last freeze date at Three Bird Farm. Often the last freeze is earlier, but we've found that for certain crops, we wait. Regardless, the date itself serves as a demarcation point--a get-yer-butts-in-gear exclamation point. This is the time! This year we're a little behind on… Continue reading Last Freeze Date Approaches – More Planting!
Today, beneath bright sunshine and temps in the 50s, the seedlings on the first round of mixed greens started to appear...and with our first little flock of ducks arriving soon, we decided to think about duck-proofing a few of the beds. We'll want our silver appleyard ducks in the garden to forage for pests like… Continue reading Duck-Proofing the Seedlings
Today we saw the very first peas emerging from the soil despite near freezing temperatures last night. We planted the peas on the 11th of April, making it seven days to germination. The dwarf grays are the first up. Happy Day!
With the warmest days since last autumn upon us, and given that the peas and other cold crops were in the ground, we decided to undertake something somewhat frivolous this past weekend in the vegetable garden. When we fenced the veggie garden in the spring of 2013, we left two tall posts at the entrance… Continue reading Something Frivolous Perhaps?
When we moved to Three Bird Farm in the autumn of 2012, the vegetable garden was located behind the barn and consisted of seven raised beds built from 1x material salvaged from around the property. The area was covered with thick landscape fabric and there was a 300 gallon stock tank in the corner closest… Continue reading Re-Building the Raised Beds