Easter Market and Spring Blooms

What a wonderful weekend for a market- check out what has been happening on the farm this week.

The Newsletter of Hollyberry Herb Farm

We certainly have had a busy week around the farm.  Monday found us covering up as the cold, for one last time,  descended upon us.  Tuesday warmed up so that the plants under cover almost fried before I uncovered them and then we had to re-cover everything as it was still a cold night.  But, it was worth it as we did not loose any of our warm season plants such as tomatoes and squash.

Now, on with the blooms, sunshine, and growth!

Wednesday found us at my grandmother’s house for fishing and gardening.  Grandmother is in her eighties and still gardens every day.  Whenever I am there, we always walk the gardens to see what is blooming.  Now that the daffodils and other bulbs are done blooming I have begun to did out a start of each kind for my own gardens.  This helps me and her as…

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One. Last. Time…

Old Timers around my part of the country refer to what is called “Good Friday Gardens”  because they never put out warm season crops such as tomatoes before Good Friday- the Friday before Easter Sunday.  Here is why- 9 times out of 10 we will get a freeze or at least very close to freezing the week or so before Easter.

As I write this the temperature is falling and we are looking at the mid-thirties overnight.  So long as we stay above freezing the vast majortiy of our plants will be just fine.  Quite a few won’t even care if we dip below freezing.  However; tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, Basil and other such warm season crops do mind very much if we get into the thirties at all.  So, we have been covering what is already planted and wrapping up those items that have already blossomed and are putting on fruit.

sierra in the garden covering squash

The squash plants were covered in plastic pots with plastic staked over the top so this confounded wind doesn’t blow them to kingdom come.

jonathan in the garden covering peach trees

Jonathan is working to stabilize the frame he and Tony built to protect the peach trees.

family covering peach trees

A farm requires a family to pull together.  Covering our crops and praying that the temps hold above freezing.  The white rectangle is covering the tomato patch.

sierra covering tomatoes

Sierra helped me put pots over all the 50 tomato plants and 20 Basil plants.  There are three times as many tomato plants to go out, but those are still safe inside the greenhouse.

tony and J covering peaches

My two favorite men.

peach tree covered

Here is our harvester peach tree all tucked in for the night.  The cold weather won’t kill the tree but we are concerned about damage to the young fruit growing on the little limbs.  We are just to close to the end of all this cold weather to leave it to chance.  We are determined to get a peach this year!

Once this was done, we all trooped inside for hot chocolate and a wonderful meal of sauteed Swiss Chard, mushrooms, bacon and eggs.

swiss chard, mushrooms and eggs

swiss chard from the garden

Swiss Chard is a beautiful crop and one we did not have to cover as it doesn’t mind the cold.

So, here we go just one last time.  Easter comes this Sunday and this winter will just be a memory.

The Spring Season Has Sprung!

We are cooking here at the farm, I love spring and here is a sample of all that is going on. I hope you are as happy as I am!

The Newsletter of Hollyberry Herb Farm

There were several moments when it seemed that spring would never come, that the death grip that winter had on us would never be broken.  Then, in a few weeks time everything is showing green and folks are ready to plant.  I am so happy!

During the past few weeks when the weather has cooperated and even on several occasions when the weather was not cooperating, we have made some improvements, finished projects, and expanded from last year.

new arch and mailbox

The herb garden has a lovely arch for the entry (still waiting on paint) and a mailbox to hold hand tools and gloves.  Many of the herbs have bounced back from the nasty freeze that struck a couple of weeks ago, but sadly my lemon  verbena and the lavender are still brown with no signs of life.  I will give them another week or two and then I will begin replacing what…

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