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Sunday July 12, 2020

Happy Almost Summer Solstice!!

Note: We are in need of a couple more workshare folks. Really need 2-3 more folks ASAP, Please give me a call {Betsy} 970-249-9725 of an evening  if you would like more information.

The weather has been mostly dry, dry, dry....hot in between a couple of cooler days. We did get one more last almost frost around June 6th....got down to about 33....not quite freezing. Compared to the week before it was very cold!!! We had been up into the 90's with 60 degree nights!! I had to figure out where I had left my warmer fleece!! This week it has Just been hot, dry, and very windy....we need more rain so badly....we've had a couple of nice showers the last few weeks, but not nearly enough....with the wind it just dries out again in a couple of hours. Time for some serious rain dances!!!!

In the prop house...well it is empty now....moved everything out after the cold spell last week....honey house and hardening off bench are starting get empty. 

In the high tunnel....have all of the warm season goodies in....cucumbers are getting little girl blossoms...Suzanne, Sonia, Mom and I ate the first couple cucs...boy were they good!!!! Won't be long before we have enough to share!!! Eggplant is starting to bloom...peppers are growing well....a couple of them have blooms. Tomatoes are just about ready to head up their trellises....the cherries are all blooming and some of the slicers. We pulled out the last of the peas last week....we could just hear the tomats heave a big sigh over the extra room!!! The tomats behind the fava wall are going...so where's our extra room??! In a couple weeks guys....we started harvesting favas last week and will probably get two more harvests.

 

Outdoors...well, planting frenzy continues….we are frantically trying to get the rest of our crops in by July1....had been hoping for June 15, but just wasn't in the cards. I think the main things we have left are squashes, melons and nightshades...oh and a few more cucs, and some herbs. We are having a hard time getting everything done....getting beds ready, planting, weeding, and harvesting.  So far everything we have gotten in is looking good....some of it we are already harvesting!!!! Now if we could just get this blasted wind to die back to a nice cooling breeze....and a few happy little clouds to drop a bit of rain on us!!!!              

 

Work days ...workdays through June are Monday ,Tuesday, Wednesday early mornings....we are starting at 6 am to beat the heat.  We are also doing a couple of Sunday workdays to get everything planted....9 am to noon.  our main push through June will be getting beds ready and finishing planting....Planting frenzy continues!!!! Please think about coming out and giving us a hand...We really need you help!!! 0we still need to practice social distancing, handwashing. etc. but it is easier in the fresh air and sunshine. Our thanks to everyone who has come out to help....Bettye, Gus, Zac and Taylor, The Larson clan, the Spears, Eli and Wren, Pat, Sharon, Lindzey and her son.  Our thanks to our workshare folks who have been helping out every week since January!!! Tammy, Joey, Suzanne, Sonia, Chris,....Logan....00000000000000000000000 if you see them around give them a big thank you!!!

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

 

Hope you are all enjoying almost summer!!

Please stay healthy!!

 

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

Posted by: Betsy Austin
6/16/2020 5:58 pm

Happy Springtime in the Rockies!!

Note: We need a couple more workshare folks. Please give me a call {Betsy} 970-249-9725 if you would like more information.

The weather this past month has been pretty good.....lots of sunshine...clouds here and there, but not very much precipitation. We had one pretty good rain and a few odd sprinkles off and on the last few weeks, but not enough to keep ahead of the wind. Temperatures most of the time have been in the 70's until last week.. getting a few days up into the 80's now.  It's been breezy to   downright windy most afternoons just lately.  We have red flag warnings out for our area this week....humidity forecasted to be 7 to 12 percent....higher temperatures into the 80's....and winds....everything is so dry and getting drier so it won't take much to start wildfires....please be careful when you are out.  The forecast looks like we are going to be cooler for a few days starting tomorrow...60's during the day and a couple nights that look like we might get a frost here.

In the prop house...almost done starting transplants until fall greens...just have melons and winter squash to go. Just waiting for summer squash and cucumbers to finish germinating so I have space for more trays. Just one more seed flat to prick up...started just a few more tomatoes and am just waiting for them to get a bit bigger.

In the high tunnel....We are starting to transition from green leafies to warm season goodies. Got the tomatoes in last week and part of the cucumbers....tomorrow we are finishing up the cucumber row and planting the eggplant....next week we start on peppers. This week we will harvest the last of the mustards, asian greens, radishes and lettuces. Then we will just have beets, carrots, chard, kale, peas, and favas that we will be harvesting until the warm season stuff starts producing.

Outdoors...well, it is starting to look like a garden in places!!! peas look like they will start blooming soon...favas are growing well...beets and carrots are looking good....turnips and radishes are struggling with the flea beetles, but I think the radishes will be ready to start harvesting next week. Asian greens are also struggling with the flea beetles, but the lettuces and onions are doing well. The rhubarb is going nuts!!! we've been able to harvest it for almost a month now.  The garlic is looking oh so happy...won't be long until scapes!!! Tomorrow we are going into planting mode and hopefully can get a bunch more stuff in the ground!!

 Fun happenings.....favas in th high tunnel have a few pods that are almost 3 inches long....the yellow rose in front is starting to bloom....the irises and the oriental poppies are budding...               

 

Work days ...our main pushes during May and June will be getting beds ready and finishing planting....Planting frenzy continues!!!! Please think about coming out and giving us a hand...we still need to practice social distancing, handwashing. etc. but it is easier in the fresh air and sunshine.

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

 

Hope you are all able to get out some and enjoy spring!!

Please stay healthy!!

 

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

Posted by: Betsy Austin
5/19/2020 5:10 pm

Happy Springtime in the Rockies!!

Note: First veggie pickup of the 2020 season was last Saturday...it went very well!!!

Note: We need a couple more workshare folks. Please give me a call {Betsy} 970-249-9725 if you would like more information.

Just a brief note....hope everyone is staying healthy and able to find peace and sanity during this trying time...

Well, it is definitely springtime in the rockies!!! The weather the last couple of weeks has been very unsettled.... some sunshine and warm days mixed in with cold, windy cloudy days. Monday night we were VERY cold...something like 14 degrees!!! Yesterday morning it was 20 at 8 am...didn't get much above 30 even though the sun was shining brightly!! Today is cloudy, but warmer...I think it has gotten up into the 40's!!!

In the prop house...have gotten the celeriac, lettuce, peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, broccoli, and cauliflower plus a seed flat of zinnias and marigolds all pricked up. Keep filling all my space in the prop house up…we keep kicking stuff out to the honey house.....it is now getting very full. The hardening off bench if filling up as well. Hopefully we can get a couple of decent weeks of planting weather in so we can move some of these babies out to the field!!! Also started flats of cucumbers for the high tunnel, more cabbages, cauliflower, kohlrabi, nasturtium, and calendula.

In the high tunnel....Everything weathered the cold the other night very well...we see a couple of leaves that got a bit frosted but everything looked great this morning when I pulled the remay off. Our first harvest was last week...we harvested green onions, turnips, swiss chard, kale, fava greens, endive, Tokyo bekana, yakina savoy, orach, mustard, some misc. Asian greens, beta greens. baby lettuce. chives, oregano, and pine apple sage. looks like we may have a few baby carrots and beet greens this week as well. The peas finally started blooming so maybe we'll have peas in a couple weeks!!

Outdoors...tree pruning is progressing slowly, but surely.  We did get peas, beets, and carrots planted before it got so cold...now we are working on favas , turnips, radishes and all those babies over on the hardening off bench. Please think warm thoughts for this next week!!!

Time to sign up for our CSA!! We will be starting veggie pickup Saturday, April 11th 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} 

not so Fun happenings  That cold the other night zapped the apricots, nanking cherries, lovage, and some of the daffodils. I think the rhubarb is looking ok...will know better tomorrow when I go to pick just a bit of it!!               

 

Work days ...our main pushes  April and May will be finishing the pruning and getting early season crops in the ground....Planting frenzy commences April 1!!!!! Please think about coming out and giving us a hand...we still need to practice social distancing, handwashing. etc. but it is easier in the fresh air and sunshine.

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

 

Hope you are all ready to enjoy spring!! Please stay healthy!!

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

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

Posted by: Betsy Austin
4/15/2020 2:08 pm