Sunday, October 20, 2013

Quotable Sunday 10/20/2013

Autumn on the Farm

After a very wet and cool September, October's weather has been beautiful to get work done on the farm.  The mornings are cold and a dense fog encases us in cool dampness but by noon, the sun appears, the day warms and it is a pleasure to work out in.  The colors are changing all around us too.

The tunnels are being prepped for new seedlings with the old refuse being hauled out to a compost pile and the new compost being brought in to improve soil tilth and fertilization. 

The beds are also being re-mineralized with calcium, humates, soft rock phosphate, and gypsum as our soil is lacking enough minerals. It is carefully being weighed and measured for adequate inputs to our soil without being wasteful or skimpy.

In this hoop house we are going to try and overwinter a partial bed of lisianthus which is on the right hand side. The remaining two rows are being planted with our ranunculus corms.  They have been in a pre-sprout bag for a couple of weeks and are raring to grow.  We probably should have brought them out a week ago but there were others commitments.

Drip tape lines have been pulled, netting has been picked up and some of the beds have been cover-cropped for the winter and the seeds have germinated and are growing.

We have also begun tucking in various more spring bulbs around the property for color and spring freshness. Tulips of purples, pinks, and white went in to the barrels along the driveway. 

Lots more projects and work is yet to be done, another compost pile to be moved, more bulbs to be planted, dahlias to dig, anemones to be planted, grass to be mowed, and the general cleaning and removal of foliage around the farm.  Hopefully we can continue to work in the sunshine of a beautiful October day in Oregon.

“Autumn, the year's last, loveliest smile.”

William Cullen Bryant

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Quotable Sunday 10/06/2013

Looks can be deceiving....

After a couple weeks of lots of rain, a really bad wind storm and night after night of mid thirties, here it was Friday and time to cut for market.  The morning was dark, very foggy and really cold, there just can't be many flowers down there.

Maybe this is the last weekend at our market, we will take in what is good and left and call it a season for the farmers' market.  All good things come to an end and maybe the end is here and clean up is the next phase.

With the wagon loaded up with buckets, the cutting began. But first a few photos of what is left, not much, I believe.

Zinnias still standing after 45 mph winds and horizontal rain. Definitely some leaners and some that are spent. In the distance you can see a small stand of some sunflowers we were hoping for the last market.  They were down in the dirt, mangled and messed up.

It was cold, damp and time to get cutting; at least to warm up.  After a hour or so here is the first wagon load.  I call it the Hot Pink Pizazz Load.

Oriental lilies came on fast in the past two weeks.  The fragrance was wonderful, the color was bright and bold and these would be popular.

 This is the quickie, it is time for lunch load.  This load is called Pink Pizazz Part Deux

The next load was picked in the sunlight that finally appeared after our lunch. It was warm, the dampness was gone and the flowers seemed to glow.
This is the Fall Bright Load

Back to the field we cut some more and loaded up again.This is the Pastel Load of Pretties.

Hey there were more flowers down there than we thought there would be to cut. Foggy looks can be deceiving. 

A full truck load at 6:30 a.m. on another very foggy morning on the way to the farmers'  market.

These are the last little jars of flowers I made for market restaurant. They are done for the season. Drat, no more yummy bacon and eggs for breakfast till spring.

O hushed October morning mild,
Begin the hours of this day slow,
Make the day seem to us less brief...
Retard the sun with gentle mist;
Enchant the land with amethyst...
~Robert Frost
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