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We practice sustainability at the farm. Crop rotation, use of drip irrigation and re-using the flower water each week are some of the ways we are being kind to the earth.
We are currently sold out of our harvest boxes for the 2017 season.
We have 1 beautiful flower share for the season available. Please email Lorrie at shadymaplefarmcsa@gmail.com if you are interested.

Our harvest boxes are on Tuesdays with pickup between 4:00 - 6:00 pm at the Farm. 8005 Portland Rd. N.E. Salem, Oregon.


Monday, February 23, 2015

Greenhouse activities = good times!


Seed packets with petunia seeds. Seed packets usually contain helpful information to aid in successful growing.

These are in an airtight container to prevent moisture from getting to the seeds. They are also covered in clay as they are extremely small. A rather large packet for a few seeds.

We will plant one yellow clay coated seed in one cell of this 50 cell tray. Tiny seeds will grow into beautiful flowers.

A lady bug found Ethan's shirt in the greenhouse.

My niece Anna and her youngest, Louise, planting seeds. Louise is making the holes with a pencil. Anna is expecting her 4th in April. :)

My sister, Anna's mom, just got her new doggy today! Cody is sitting on Louise and tickling her. Lisa is nearby as Cody meets all of us.

Basil for planting in the greenhouse is growing well and smells delicious. We will have a bed of basil growing all summer in the greenhouse. Basil loves heat.

The first Golden Beet is poking up.

These Alyssum seeds are the little yellow/orange seeds on the surface. They need light to germinate. Also, they can't dry out or they will die before they germinate.

This is the first planting of Alyssum that was planted 3 weeks earlier than the seeds in the previous photo.

Red celery on the left, green celery on the right. They both start out green. It will be interesting to see when the red variety starts showing red.

Peonies are just starting to poke their reddish stems through the soil.

Newly seeded flats in the foreground. These are on the propagating mats for bottom heat. Not all seeds like bottom heat. A few flats are actually outside for a couple weeks to "chill" as it gives them the sensation of a winter.

These are beets planted two weeks ago. Unless specifically noted on the packets, beets are a seed that actually is a cluster of seeds in one. Hence, more than one coming up in a cell.

Two different varieties of cabbage in this flat.

Lobelia has tiny seeds, really tiny. Several seeds are intentionally sown in each cell. These take about 20 days to germinate. So we don't give up on them, we put a tag in the flat to remind us. Also notice the one rouge, tall plant in the middle? It appears a cabbage seed has found a home here. 

Two varieties of kale await planting outside.


The two different plantings of Alyssum, the back left flat was seeded 3 weeks after the back right flat.

Slicing cucumbers and in the background, tomatoes that will be planted, grown and harvested in the greenhouse. These are started much earlier than our field cucumbers and tomatoes.

Clear domes cover trays of seeds to help prevent them from drying out. Domes also help keep the temperature more constant.

Dad 's lemon trees in the greenhouse are covered with fruit and blossoms.

Their flowers are very fragrant.

From the middle of the greenhouse, Lisa is planting at our workbench. 

The four inch pots have 25 onions per pot.

These are onions just coming up. They were planted earlier.

Lisa gently watering the freshly seeded flats.

As things grow and grow, we will transplant them into larger pots. We will also keep seeding more vegetables and flowers as spring draws closer.