A Muddy Mess

It’s beautiful outside!  The sun is shining and the wind is blowing.  It makes the plastic on the greenhouses flap and slap like living things. Everything around here is brown and muddy, not a bit of green. But it’s time to change that!

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It’s been a muddy mess around here.  It’s been fun just even getting to the greenhouses and we’ve had pull 2 children out of the mud.

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Ryan has been making a few changes in the greenhouses to make planting easier.  Benches have been moved and the planting list has been made. Ryan has seeds laid out and trays filled. All of the different colored bags on the table in this picture represent seed coming from several different companies.  It never fails that each year there is a seed that is discontinued in one company but not the other.  Sometimes we want to trial some new varieties and we end up buying several varieties from multiple companies.

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The strings have been strung in the greenhouse.  Tomato plants are still in a small cell, but will be soon be moved to the larger pots in the greenhouse and climb up the strings (with a little help of course).

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Cucumbers were seeded in the greenhouse today.  They too will be trained to climb the strings.IMG_1299.jpeg

It doesn’t look like much yet, but Ryan has seeded much of the high tunnels already using his new seeder.  More on that toy later, but for now we have the seeds planted in the tunnel and covered with row cover.  It’s kind of like tucking in a seed with a blanket.

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Hopefully next week, we will be able to share some pictures of green things growing.

~Katie

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It Snowed!

It’s been interesting around here, to say the least.  Sometimes the weather people miss the prediction by a million miles and other times – they nail it! 

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Snow Mountain by High Tunnel 3

We were definitely spared the worst of last week’s storm.  We are guessing we ended up in the 6 to 7 inch range.  It’s a bit hard to tell because some places had no snow on the ground and other places had 5 or 6 feet.

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Jacob on one of many drifts

Luckily, we have not turned on the greenhouse yet!  Ryan keeps threatening that we will have to go scoop or push snow off of the buildings when we get in trouble.  We bought new shovels this year, so I’m not too scared.

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Drifts Blowing Around Tunnels

In vegetable news… the tomatoes are up in the greenhouse.  They are already about 3 inches tall. 

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Tomatoes

 

 

We have 99% of the seed for the spring here already, so Ryan says “we have enough to get to farmin’.”  He has spent the nice days in January getting the tunnels tilled, watered and ready to go.  It looks like we could have two or two and a half tunnels seeded within the next two weeks.

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Soon to be planted

 

Radishes, Spinach, Lettuce, Tomatoes, Beets and Carrots will be seeded in the greenhouse early next week.

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We are expecting many supplies to arrive in the next week: plastic mulch, drip tape, trays, soil, tags, knives, rubber gloves, boxes, and more…

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Jacob on a pallet of soil in 2015

 

Don’t forget – if you know someone who wants to work on their *tan* this summer, tell them to call Ryan.  Pekarek’s Produce officially has its “Help Wanted” sign out!

 

 

Winter 2015 (3 of 3)

High tunnels are always an interesting topic around here. Last winter (2014/2015) we were outside in coveralls building high tunnels. In spring of 2015 we were hurriedly finishing everything up for the growing season, so we took a couple of short cuts on the high tunnels.

They should each have roll-up or roll-down sides, but some have been tacked up in a more permanent fashion. This winter we have been working to remedy this so that they are easier to manage.

The packing shed is getting quite a bit of attention this winter as well. Usually I am the one who gets frustrated with all of the mud and dirt everywhere. I know, it’s a an effort in futility – mud on the farm is more than a little important. But this winter, Ryan has been putting a lot of effort into cleaning and reorganizing the packing shed. So he is the one who doesn’t like it when I bring mud in on the 4 wheeler 🙂

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This year we will be hiring another one or two full time workers to lighten the load of Joel, Joe and the summer crew. Is your New Year’s resolution to lose weight, get a tan, or be outside more? If so, kill two birds with one stone and apply with us at Pekarek’s Produce!

Finally, we do this more than any other time of the year – we plan! And we plan and we plan and plan and plan and plan…. The spaghetti squash you buy in October or November was ordered in December of the year before. In January we thoroughly thought about where it would be planted, when to plant it, what we would plant next to it, where we would drive the four wheeler when we harvested, how and when we would water it and even how we would display it at market.

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