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March On
Written by Calliope Pappadakis   
Tuesday, 20 March 2012 00:00

 

ForsythiaHello world. And a very happy Vernal Equinox to you. The daylight and moonlight hours stand at equal length today and on Thursday we welcome a new moon. It is a time of rejuvenation and new life! Welcome spring.

It is March and I’m just returning to my blog although preparations for the 2012 growing season have been underway since October when I planted 240 garlic cloves for an early summer 2012 harvest. In November I ordered potato and onion sets from my favorite allium and potato seed supplier, The Maine Potato Lady. In December I began plotting the planting schedules and making a map of where crops would grow. I referred back to schedules from 2009 and 2010 and 2011 to ensure good and lengthy crop rotation to keep our soil healthy. The bulk of the seeds were ordered from Johnny’s by mid-January and arrived just a week later. I took a vacation in early February, and by February 25, I had stamped out 800 soil blocks and that many seeds were started in the kitchen under grow lights. Around the same time, kale and carrots were directly sown out in the high tunnel. I covered them with Agribon to ensure a good germination and protection from the night time temperatures.

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240 Cloves
Written by Calliope Pappadakis   
Friday, 04 November 2011 20:06

Garlic BulbToday I planted garlic. Fat, juicy, crisp, aromatic, lovely garlic. 240 cloves. 7 organic, heirloom varieties in all. It seemed like a fine day to plant garlic. A sunny Friday in early November. Just enough time to let these cloves establish their roots, grow some green shoots, and settle in before the iciness of January and February.

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August is here again
Written by Calliope Pappadakis   
Tuesday, 23 August 2011 00:00

August Mexican ZinniaAugust has arrived, and before I realized it, the 8th month of the year has nearly passed us by. When I awoke this morning it was 50 degrees outside! A tinge of autumn is in the air and you can sense a shift in the sun’s position. Evident by the frantic buzz of bees who chased me around the tunnel as I cut flowers this morning, summer is packing her bags and making room for the most charming of seasons.

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Summer!
Written by Calliope Pappadakis   
Saturday, 25 June 2011 20:54

Maters 2011Summer is here! The tomatoes that began as a trickle in late May now need harvested every 2-3 days and are arriving in a rainbow of colors! The varieties I selected this year are Sun Gold Cherry, Snow White Cherry (my favorite), Favorita Cherry, Black Cherry, Smarty Grape, and the only regular sized tomatoe, the Cherokee Purple.

 

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Microgreens
Written by Calliope Pappadakis   
Monday, 13 June 2011 10:03

Coming soon...

Purple Kohlrabi, Garnet Red Amaranth, Kinkoh Pac Choi, and Fire Red Orach ("French Spinach"):

Microgreens 1

Microgreens 2

 
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