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Friday April 19, 2019

Happy Springtime in the Rockies!! 

Note: Second veggie pickup of the new season will be this coming Saturday ,April 20, from 9 am to noon. looking forward to seeing you all!!! Not signed up yet? We have 33 more weeks of fresh goodies to go...they just get better and better!!!

Spring is marching on!! The weather the last couple weeks has been, well. spring like. We have had some days that have been glorious...abundant sunshine...very few clouds... nice spring breezes...warm, but not too warm temperatures...just down right perfect!! Then we have had those days when the weather just can't make up its mind what it wants to do!! The sun shines for a bit...then the wind starts blowing and the clouds roll in...then it rains some...hails some...snows some...all within a couple of hours!! The temperatures are slowly warming though...last week we had a couple days of pretty cold temps...highs barely in the 40's. lows in the mid 20's. This week most of our highs have been high 50's to almost 70 with lows mid 30's to mid 40's. Mot a great amount of precipitation, though. It would be nice to have that nice gentle overnight rain for all our newly planted beds!!

In the prop house, things are still booming ….Terry just moved a bunch of stuff out to the honey house the other day...I think I have all the space she made full again!! I have been working on pricking up all sorts of little herbies, celeriac, broccoli, cauliflower, zinnias, marigolds and china asters. I have also potted up more pineapple sage and lemon verbena that I rooted from cuttings. Right now the shelves are all full of tomatoes. peppers. eggplant. and cucumbers for the high tunnel and lots of herbs. The space below the shelves is full of flowers, broccoli, cauliflower, celeriac, and more herbs that have just been pricked up. I also have seed trays of cabbages and late cabbages just about ready to prick up and a couple of trays of very happy lemon grass that I rooted earlier in the season. The heat mat is not quite as full as it was...mostly has roselle, pineapple sage and lemon verbena that is about ready to come off, sweet potato slips and a seed flat of peppers and eggplant just germinating for the great out of doors. But I need to start tomatoes and basil this week and I think next week it is time to start outdoor cucumbers, okra, and something else so it will be full to over flowing again.

In the high tunnel...everything is VERY happy. The girls gave it a good weeding last week on a couple of those days that the weather couldn't make up its mind. Friday was our first harvest...we managed to pick radishes, the first few turnips, lots of greens{Tokyo bekana, bok choi, mustard, yakina savoy, kale, etc.}, salad lettuce, braising greens, arugula, baby bok choi, and chives. Boy are they yummy!!!

Outdoors... boy have things have really been happening out there the last couple of weeks!!! Peas, favas, beets, carrots, radishes, and turnips are up....alliums{onions. leeks. and shallots}, more greens, lettuces, and more are all transplanted. Everyone looks great!!! The garlic is almost all up, the rhubarb is just about big enough to pick{if not this week then next}. Bulbs are blooming. many of the herbs are coming up. the apricots and the nanking cherries are in full bloom.

Time to sign up for our CSA!! Our second veggie pickup is this coming Saturday... 33 weeks of awesome fresh produce left in the season!!!  Please get signed up so you can enjoy a season of many different farm fresh veggies every week April-November. Please go to www.circleagarden.com   If you have any questions or concerns please call me of an evening{970-249-9725} or shoot me an e-mail,, circlea@skybeam.com

Fun happenings  Mud season seems to be over!! We may actually end up with apricots this year...so far the blossom look great!!! Red wing blackbirds are back....birds are starting to do the nest thing.

 

Work days ...our main pushes for April and May will be getting more beds ready and planted....weeding crops that are already going.....Planting frenzy continues!!!

Please give me a call 970-249-9725 to set up a day and time to come commune with your veggies!!

 

Hope you are all ready to enjoy spring!!

Looking forward to seeing all of you in April!!!

Betsy, Terry, Alex, Emily, Jeanne, and all of us here at Circle A

Posted by: Betsy Austin
4/17/2019 1:52 pm

 



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Posted by: Betsy Austin
4/17/2019 12:44 pm

Happy Springtime in the Rockies!! 

I think spring has finally sprung...at least here on the farm!!! A couple weeks ago we woke up to yet another 3 inches of snow .. and by the next day it and pretty much all the snow that was left from the winter was all gone!!! We still have mud though; it dries a bit then it rains a bit and we are slogging around in mud up to our ankles. Just had a few days that the weather couldn't make up it's mind what it wanted to do … it rained, then we had a bit of sleet, then we had a bit of hail, then the sun would come out for a bit, then it would start all over. Today, though, it is gloriously sunny ..temps almost 60 .. the birds are singing, little plants outdoors are starting to come up {including the weeds!!}… tree buds are swelling and all is well in our world!!

In the prop house, things are booming ….the first batch of transplants are all happy in their new home{the high tunnel}….we moved the second batch out to the honey house last week so I would have room to prick up more plants and start more seed. Today, Alex and Emily fertilized everyone and moved our first transplant for the field out to harden off so they could move a bunch more stuff out to the honey house. We will see how long that lasts!! I have 4 or 5 seedling flats ready to prick up this week and a couple more flats to seed. And next week I have more flats that will be ready to prick up and more seeds to start. And it will just keep going until early May!!! So far, we have started early greens and lettuces for the high tunnel, lettuces, early greens, alliums{those wonderful oniony things!!}, early cabbages, and early kohlrabi that should be going out to the field in the next couple weeks. We have broccoli, cauliflower, late cabbages and kohlrabi, brussel sprouts, celery, more lettuces, a wide selection of herbs, a few flowers, and more just waiting for me to get them pricked up!! We even have tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant up and going for the high tunnel!!! And we started our sweet potato slips!! Now that we have more sun, we are just as happy as we can be!! AND having the best of times watching everything grow!!

In the high tunnel, Alex, Terry Emily, and some of our workshare folks pretty much have it all full up....all sorts of greens and lettuces, radishes, turnips, beets, carrots, arugula, salad greens, peas, and more. They are starting to grow much more rapidly since we have had more sunshine!!

Outdoors... well, We're getting off to a slow start this season.... the snow has only been gone for about 2 weeks now. We are slowly getting shrubs and trees pruned...hopefully the rest will go fast before the trees start to flower!! Peas and favas are planted....beds are just about ready for beets carrots, radishes, turnips, and all those little oniony things{something like 5,000 of them!!}

Time to sign up for our CSA!! We will be starting veggie pickup Saturday, April 13 this year. Please get signed up so you can enjoy a season of many different farm fresh veggies every week April-November. Please go to www.circleagarden.com   If you have any questions or concerns please call me of an evening{970-249-9725} or shoot me an e-mail,, circlea@skybeam.com

Fun happenings  The snow is gone!! the maple is blooming, the garlic is just starting to come up, the rhubarb has it's little red noses poking up, I see all sorts of little perennials just barely starting up....lemon balm, catnip, chives, iris, jonquils and other spring bulbs, and LOTS of weeds!!                 AND we have an intern!! Her name is Emily and she hales  from Pennsylvania. She has been here about 2 weeks and is wonderful!!!

 

Work days ...our main pushes for March and April will be finishing the pruning and getting early season crops in the ground....Planting frenzy commences April 1!!!!!

give me a call 970-249-9725 to set up a day and time!!

 

Hope you are all ready to enjoy spring!!

Looking forward to seeing all of you in April!!!

Betsy, Terry, Alex, Emily, Jeanne, and all of us here at Circle A

Posted by: Betsy Austin
3/25/2019 2:41 pm