Friday, April 17, 2009

Freezing Rain BOO BLAH

Gracie trying to stay warm
Straw for tunnel beds
The row, 8' between vines
A first season vine
Grapes taking a soak

The weather Tuesday and Wednesday was truly inhospitable. We picked up 10 bales of straw from another organic farmer for mulching. It was very cold with wind whipped freezing rain. Being underdressed did not help the cause. Since the ground was soggy that meant parking the equivalent of two blocks away. A neighbor boy brought around the gator and hauled the bales up to the tunnel. I am thankful I did not have to hand carry each bale one at a time.

Even inside the tunnel temps hovered around mid 40's. Brrrr, poor Grace was shivering so I made her a pile of straw and put my coat over her. We managed to get some more beds planted and mulched. Lemon grass is a heat loving crop we are trialing. It has medicinal and culinary uses. Fresh ginger also thrives on heat, another crop new to our list of trials.

Thursday proved too muddy for reaching the tunnel and once again we had to portage our supplies on a vintage child's wagon. The sun shone brightly, thus returning warmth to the landscape, enabling us to get grapes and figs planted. Each day has its own work regardless of the weather.

Seeding and more seeding is on the schedule for today. Enjoy the sunshine.


Matt said...

Could be worse, at least you can see your soil!
I'm looking enviously at your potatoes, i wont be seeing anything like that for at least 8 weeks.

Great blog Julie,

Julie said...

Thanks Matt,

Having a CSA in Canada must be tough. Here the pressure is on for earlier and earlier stuff.