Weeks 5 and 6 (at what point should I stop numbering weeks?): steppin’ out

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Weeks 5 and 6 (at what point should I stop numbering weeks?): steppin’ out

These past two weeks brought a lot of firsts: the first farmers market, the first CSA basket pick-up/delivery, the first sheet mulched plots, our first workshop.

Since our produce was not ready, we provided our members with local (and sustainably grown) honey, flour, quinoa, potatoes, eggs, and sausage. We searched for local greens, but it turned out not to be realistic with the low temperatures.

The good news is: we got a soaking rain, some residents saying they hadn’t seen it rain like that in years. The bad news is: said rain was during the farmers market. However, the vendors brought rain gear and stuck it out, and flocks of people still arrived. I am optimistic for sunny markets, although it will be more difficult to keep the produce moist.east inflatables blog

Soon after sheet mulching sections of two of our garden plots, we held a no-till/sheet mulching/straw bale raised beds/drip irrigation workshop. Or I should say workshop and workday (it was advertised as such, don’t worry). The attendees were super enthusiastic about shoveling composted animal manures and laying out cardboard on our Heritage Garden in town. As an added bonus, I got to stumble through my no-till, soil-building schpeel, Kristina helped me out, inserting the instant garden aspect, and everyone seemed to get it!Inflatable Human Spheres review

We lost some newly transplanted seedlings to the frost*, but we learned/relearned the valuable lesson to pay close attention to the weather report, and even subtract a few degrees for nights (depending on what weather service one is using). We found that the closest weather reporting station available online is at over 8000 feet and the other decent option is in Trinidad, so we have to take them with a grain of salt, but we do indeed take them; it’s what we’ve got. Perhaps we were overeager to put food in the ground. The idea is that next year we will have established beds of greens inside of the hoops to be harvested from in the cold spring months.

*SPOILER ALERT FOR NEXT WEEK’S BLOG: The Dwarf Siberian kale seedlings survived!

And now for the photos:

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Preparing and planting potato beds. Eyes up, people!

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Sheet mulching with a plethora of cardboard. We will build soil via the layers of compost, cardboard, and straw, as they slowly break down.

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Potting up starts to sell at the first market.

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Straw bale raised bed–needless to say, we moved a lot of dirt.

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Week 1 of CSA baskets featuring local quinoa, potatoes, eggs, sausage, honey, and stone ground wheat flour. Our produce wasn’t ready yet, but we called attention to foods that grow well here and their awesome growers. The “baskets” are actually feed bags sewn into this useful pattern.

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