The plant babies are hatching as more and more seeds turn into seedlings every day. The hens are enjoying the increased sunshine and roam-time. And the cats begin the farming apprenticeship.
I'll be in tomorrow, Saturday April 9th in Libby from 12-1230pm and Troy from 1-130pm with all the usual and some Petal Power Edible Flowers (as I forgot to eat them myself :) ).
I'd write more about the poetry of early spring, but I gotta go plant more seeds, tend more seedlings, and prep their future homes in the field!
Roosters on the run! Tiny ones at least. Apollo is a tiny bantam rooster with one good eye and one bad one (due to a fight of course) but it doesn't slow him down. On any sunny day, you'll find him sprinting around in his tiny, be-featherd legs chasing bugs, hens, his brother and taking zero gruff from anyone!
Sometimes I get lost in checking in on all the seed flats as I peak into one, and another, and another. There are the easy-to-grow annuals that pop up huge and with a rush. There are the herbaceous perennials who are slower to grow but still with that same urgency. Then there are the slow germinating ones that sometimes take months, like the Pulsatilla at bottom left.
Flower lovers are in luck as I just didn't get to making my own flower salad so there'll be some super early Petal Power Edible flowers available!
The hens love running around, scratching and digging in the compost row. It is mainly old stems, dirty bedding, and the leftover bits from the microgreen trays but they still find some tasty morsels hiding out. It means I never have to turn the compost but it also means they spread most of it around before I can scoop it up! If only I could teach them how to use a cart or wheelbarrow. □
The germination area inside under the warm lights fills up each week, then they move to the greenhouse as more flats are seeded to take their place. These baby Snapdragons are some of the tiniest sprouts!
Lisianthus is a much sought after cut flower and is known for being finicky to grow from seed. I tried four years ago with zero success, gave up on trying to grow them (or to order plugs which is expensive and requires careful planning). But I gave them another go this year and they are alive! They grow very slowly at first and need specific temperature, light, and humidity conditions. Once big enough they are pretty hardy but they are collicky babies and the biggest hurdles are over!□□
A few weeks ago Oliver was playing with the neighborhood kids (some deer) and he got excited and ran into a tiny pointy thing in the field. He got a little cut lip. I moved the tiny pointy thing and he sat around for a full 5 minutes feeling the ouchy before trying to attack his sisters in a death roll. Now it is all healed up with just the slightest scar to lend him a little extra swashbuckling charm. He feels mighty proud of himself!
What's available this week?
Where to find it all?
Find the Veggies & Flowers at the Amish Farm to Market Store in Libby!
Local pickup available on Saturdays,
12-1230pm in Libby at the Chamber Parking Lot,
1-130pm in Troy at the Museum Parking Lot
Order online for local pickup or ship of Seeds, Crafts, & Botanicals!
I'm Farmer Megan with a life full of cackles, clucks, quacks, weeds, crazy kitten, and one tiny, senior, blind dog.