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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.


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Mid March at the Farm

One of the rolling benches Lisa and I built. Buckets of water that keep the cut flowers fresh each Tuesday will be placed on one of the five benches we have built. The higher platform will be easier on all backs involved. Also we will be better able to pump the water out of the buckets and water flowers in nearby beds with the water, thus recycling more.

Ethan and Emma make a teeter totter out of a stack of boards near our building area. 

The dahlias in these pots had been warm in the greenhouses all winter. They just were moved outside to make room for the large pots of greenhouse grown tomatoes and cucumbers. Some of the dahlias are starting to grow.

Red sprouts on a peony.

Sweet peas stretching straight up. These will be very fragrant.

Some seeds have specific instructions. The soilless mix we use is moistened before the seeds are planted. Then as the sign says, they don't want to be watered until they come up. Chances are their seeds rot easily or get moldy. They are also planted on the soil surface as they need light to germinate. 

One of our favorite cherry tomatoes, Sun Sugar, has purple stems when they are young. Their fruit is orange.

Different varieties of cabbage. Notice the leaves on the left are a bit curly and the leaves on the right aren't. The left side are a "savoy" type cabbage, crinkly. 

Munstead lavender from seeds. Another seed that needs light to germinate. Not all seeds germinated. We planted a seed in each of the cells.

The Redventure celery is starting to show its color.

The early basil that will be planted in the greenhouse raised beds is looking mighty fine. Oh, and it smells wonderful!

The back two flats are sweet alyssum we seeded three weeks apart. The left one will catch up over time. The front two flats are trailing lobelia for hanging baskets.

Flats of baby tomatoes.

Flat leafed Italian parsley has grown its first true leaves. The smooth edged leaves are cotyledons and once the true leaves, the frilly ones, are photosynthesizing the cotyledons dry up and fall away as they aren't needed any longer.

Gladiola bulbs Florencio brought in for the winter to stay dry in the greenhouse. They are ready to plant outside. Can you get a hint of the color of their flowers? Yup, they have a dark red flower.
Our parents loved flowers and grew sweet peas along the fences and buildings. These will be planted accordingly.  Their characteristic straight up growth differentiates them from peas you would eat. Those types are less likely to be this "rigid" in their growth.

This potted peony outgrew its pot several seasons ago. Today it will be dug up, divided and moved to a better location.

Tomatoes grown to produce in the greenhouse are in their "homes" for the summer. They will produce in the warm greenhouse before the field tomatoes do. The large dahlia pots were in this greenhouse.

Another peony showing its new red growth out in one of the raised beds.

Adding to our lily collection.

Two other varieties of lilies to plant today. 

The asparagus is up and loving this weather.


A new raised bed of strawberries. They will enjoy the drainage of this raised bed. The water table on the farm is fairly close to the surface resulting in a boggy winter in the garden. Strawberries don't like to be soggy.

Peas for eating that we started in the greenhouse are finding their way up the trellis. Drip irrigation is in place for when it is needed later.

Rhubarb is getting larger by the day. It also likes the raised beds.

Onions will be planted in these newly spaded beds with the drip irrigation.  To the right the Sylvan berries are starting to leaf out on their winding canes.

You might be able to see 4 stick like plants in this dark soil area. Florencio dug up the peony that had been in the pot way too long and divided it into 4 new plants. They are planted here.

The lily bulbs are planted next to the walkway in the dark soil. Two rows of different colored lilies. Some are taller so they went in the back row.

Last year's lilies are just starting to poke their way through the surface. Reddish green and about an inch or two tall. Looks like they multiplied over the winter. Yippie!

A close up of the lilies starting out this spring.

Chives divided and relocated to their own area.

A calm cloudy day as the activities at the farm wind down for the day. These raised beds will be filled in soon. At least that's the plan :)

See you next time,

Lorrie