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This Week on the Farm 1/20/11
We are officially accepting share applications for the 2011 season! The paperwork is posted on the “Sign-up” page on our website. We already have a bunch of returning members who signed up for this year and that really means a lot to us. If you, or someone you know, are interested in becoming a member this year download a copy of our sign-up sheet and mail it to us.
Great news! All of our seed has been ordered and some of it has already arrived. The most problematic seed/seedlings to find were the sweet potatoes. After a lot of internet exploration I finally found a farm in Iowa that grows organic sweet potatoes. They have a limit of how many “slips” you can order and we maxed that out pretty quickly. We are trying four new varieties of sweet potatoes this year, all of which supposedly produce better than “Beauregaurd,” the variety we planted last year. If that is true, we are going to have more sweet potatoes than we know what to do with.
I finally finished drilling all of the drainage holes in the blue totes this morning, only to learn that the totes were again on sale. So, back to the store I went, and now I have more holes to drill. It is tedious work and there is no really comfortable position to hold the totes in as I drill. Plus it creates a lot of little plastic curlycues that Wash likes to sit in and then carry around the house in his fur. I am looking forward to being done with this job.
We are hoping to have time to go to Fleet Farm this week to buy two more bulk tanks for our new field. They are currently on sale, which is nice because they are fairly expensive. Since there is no source of water in this field our plan is to leave one tank in the field and have the other on a trailer that we can bring back to the farm to fill. We can then fill the tank in the field from the tank on the trailer and send trailer back to get refilled as we are using the tank in the field.
Tyler and I are going to look at a 2 row corn planter tonight. We are pretty excited!