Every year it suprises me how fast the farm ramps up. We have five workers on now, but could use eight. The weather turned from cold to hot in a day which really spured on the growth of both the plants and the weeds.
The rhubarb and spinach are ready for sale. The rhubarb is about 2 feet long and we can get about 100 lb of spinach off of the patches that we planted last fall. We have been selling spinach and chives for a couple of weeks now; oh yes! and a new popular thing , stinging nettles. These grow wild and are of value medicinally. They have to be picked with gloves, but after boiling lose their sting but not their effectiveness.
Planting was put back a day this week because I lost the seed plates for the planter. 15 years and I have never lost them as I alway put them back in the tool box of the tractor when I change them. Well this time I lost them and we searched the entire house and farm for them. We had had a wild wind the night I lost them and I thought perhaps they had been blown away. Anyway Anna found them at the edge of one of the fields . So tomorrow I plant cilantro, lettuce for spring mix, maybe more peas.
We finished putting the first potatoes in under straw. We cut up the potatoes, place them on the ground and unroll round bales of straw on top. This gives us early potatoes, perhaps three weeks ahead of the ones that we will plant in the soil next week.
The Massey Harris Pony, a cultivating tractor is in full use right now, both for cultivating and cutting rows for planting transplants. I monkeyed around with the tractor for most of the day as it stalled everytime it was put under load. Turned out it was some rust from the gas tank stuck in the main jet of the carborator. It is a 1947 tractor, just the right size for us and usually runs so well.
The Bee guys came out on the weekend. One fellow is new to us and just moved his six hives here. The other guy reserected two neglected hives that were already here. He has had those hives running for a couple of years now.
We only have 4 workers today including me. We will probably have a full day of picking spinach, rhubarb, chives and nettles and then tonight, finishing off taxes.