Thursday, October 23, 2014

First new greenhouse bunch!

 Oh my goodness.  This red is on fire I tell you.  The kind of red that turns heads and makes your heart skip a beat.  Yes.  We all need a little of that sometimes, right?  

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Relax already.

 It's fall and I had a day off today.  Hallelujah.  

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Welcome Fall.

 I know it's been awhile.  Still here, still breathing, still farming.  It's just been a busy season to say the least.  We went into this year thinking, if we can just get by with the two girls at this age, we'll be golden.  And in a way it has just been a survival year....and there were loads of times when I cursed the universe for throwing me into this farming profession....
 ....but it has been an amazing season, mainly due to the wonderful weather we've had.  I hope now that we're coming close to winter when things slow down a bit I'll be able to visit here a little more.  The greenhouse needs a blog of it's own, and I still have to introduce everyone to our fine crew this year.  They are the ones who make all this possible.  

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Research and Relaxation

I got to steal away Sunday morning for Mother's Day and go to Duke Gardens with my other best friend, my lovely momma.  A huge latte, radiohead, and a cool morning breeze on the car-ride in to one of my favorite places in the world---I was destined to have an amazing day.  My mom says its the negative ions in the air that make me feel so good when I'm there....but I think it could be that I didn't have to lift a finger to see such beauty translated through generations of hard work.  And gads of money from the university.  They have a new tree peony collection.  Everywhere you look in the Asian section there are 20 new HUGE tree peonies.  Around every bend.  I missed most of them blooming, so I have to schedule a visit at the appropriate time next year.  Not to be missed by this gal.         

Sunday, April 27, 2014

RAFI Project Begins!

The excitement is growing around here!  Roger Tate of Tate Inc. sent Seth over to do the grading for the greenhouse we are putting up.  He did SUCH an amazing job.  If anybody around these parts needs this kind of work done, Roger and Seth are your go-to guys.  Roger did our driveway, we get organic chicken manure from him, our mulching straw---and he is a stand-up guy who almost always has some great advice and a few memorable stories.
The only thing that didn't go according to plan was that a power line got cut.  We have a buried power line going under the new site, along with a water line as well.  We thought we were potentially going to have to move these which would have been a major and expensive pain in the butt, but luckily to get the site graded it had to be built up enough over them that they won't be an issue.  PHEW!  The line Seth cut was a line that lies aboveground that powers all our farm energy (cooler, greenhouse) and our well.  YIKES!  We were knee-deep getting stuff prepped for market when it went out but luckily Duke energy came out and fixed it right away.  It was pretty impressive.  (Coal-ash mess not so impressive) 
All in all we are thrilled with the results, now we just  have to decide what to do with the weird slopes on the sides and front.  Landscape fabric?  Stairs to the door?  We also have to figure out what we can sow in the place where Seth got the topsoil from.  Preferably not burmuda grass.  Can't wait to plant the first bed, but I know we still have a long way to go.  Can you imagine, flowers all winter?  Vision and focus, vision and focus.  Please don't screw this one up Alice!  

Goodness Grows!

So many things to report, just not enough time in the day.  For now, a little pink and purple pretty from the garden.   

Monday, April 21, 2014

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Can't get enough.

 I'm going to quadruple the amount of these we do next season.  Why not, right?  Has anyone heard of a ranunculus overdose?  
And we never have tulips this late.  So considerate to wait until Easter weekend.  And a gorgeous pastel mix to boot!