Archive for April, 2010

Summer Planting Season Has Begun

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Here’s the latest spring photo update. I hope everyone else in the Northern Hemisphere is enjoying the start of the growing season as much as we are.

Andy's Chinese-style raised beds and low-resource trellising setup.

Andy’s Chinese-style raised beds and low-resource trellising setup.

A bubbling broth of aerated compost tea

A bubbling broth of aerated compost tea

Hairy Vetch Flowers. We use Hairy Vetch as a nitrogen fixing and weed supressing cover crop.

Hairy Vetch Flowers. We use Hairy Vetch as a nitrogen fixing and weed supressing cover crop.

Mounds for Winter Squash in a strip-tilled plot. (More on strip-tillage in a future post)

Mounds for Winter Squash in a strip-tilled plot. (More on strip-tillage in a future post)

As a gardener for a seed company it is my duty to grow turnips. As communards it is their duty to eat them - I wish!

As a gardener for a seed company it is my duty to grow turnips. As communards it is their duty to eat them – I wish!

Crimson Clover. A visually delightful cover crop.

Crimson Clover. A visually delightful cover crop.

Acorn Has a Pond! Almost…

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

About 10 years ago the dam at Acorn was broken to drain the pond for dredging. Unfortunately, after the dam was broken the guy who opened the dam left and the pond was allowed to sit, mostly drained for a number of years.

Last fall and winter several hard working acorners spent some time clearing out all the 10 year old trees and brush that had grown up below the ponds old water line.

Once it was dry enough this spring we hired a man down the road (who actually first dug the pond 50 years ago!) to dredge the pond and rebuild the dam.

Now that the pond is all put together structurally, we just need to do some landscaping, and wait for the pond to fill.

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Acorn Spring Photo Update

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

Here’s what’s new, exciting, and delightful at Acorn in photos.

Barn and Chicken Yard

Barn and Chicken Yard

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The greenhouse is so full!

The greenhouse is so full!

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Peas and Radishes

Peas and Radishes

Garlic in the foreground and the farmhouse.

Garlic in the foreground and the farmhouse in the background.

Heartwood, new siding on the left, old siding on the right.

Heartwood, new siding on the left, old siding on the right.

Secret Blue Bell Patch!

Secret Blue Bell Patch!

Spring beauties in the lowland woods by the river.

Spring beauties in the lowland woods by the river.

I need to identify this mushroom...

I need to identify this mushroom…

Not snow but flowers

Not snow but flowers

More Blue Bells.

More Blue Bells.

Spring at Acorn

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

Here’s all those photos of spring what-not that I promised. Enjoy!

Greenhouse Seedling

Greenhouse Seedling

Bees!

Bees!

Red Maple Flower

Red Maple Flower

The Fall Garden, flourishing after a winter slowdown.

The Fall Garden, flourishing after a winter slowdown.

Purple Dead Nettle: One of the first flowers.

Purple Dead Nettle: One of the first flowers.

Thriving Mustards from last fall.

Thriving Mustards from last fall.

Daffodil Patch by the Farmhouse

Daffodil Patch by the Farmhouse

Bush Cherry

Bush Cherry

Just Transplanted

Just Transplanted

May apples are poping up.

May apples are poping up.

Plum Tree. Looks like the frosts spared the flowers, so hopefully we'll have plums.

Plum Tree. Looks like the frosts spared the flowers, so hopefully we’ll have plums.

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