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

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

 



Dear %%user-name%%,

It\'s that time again! Time to sign up for the 2019 CSA season from Circle A Garden. There are 33 weeks of awesome fresh produce left in this season!!

Click here to begin your renewal process. Or just copy and paste the link below into your browser:

%%renewal-link%%

We look forward to having you back this season.

Your friends at,
Circle A Garden

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

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 3/25/2019 1:14pm by Betsy Austin.

 



Dear %%user-name%%,

It\'s that time again! Time to sign up for the 2019 CSA season from Circle A Garden. First veggie pickup of the season will be Saturday, April 13  9:00 am to noon. So far it looks like we will have radishes, chives, assorted Asian greens, possibly salad turnips, kale, chard, mustards, and a few assorted herbs. Things are really growing fast now that we have some sunshine so we may have more!!

Click here to begin your renewal process. Or just copy and paste the link below into your browser:

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We look forward to having you back this season.

Your friends at,
Circle A Garden

Posted 3/5/2019 4:06pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Almost Spring {we hope}!!

Well, so far 2019 has started out much better than 2018!! At least moisture  wise … so far we gave had more snow and some rain December, January and February  than we did pretty much all year last year!! By the end of December the San Juans were nice and white...much whiter than they were the whole winter last year. And the snow just keeps a comin'!! We've been ready for the snow to melt back and for our nice gentle overnight rains to start for over a month now. The first couple of weeks in February we thought it was going to start happening… on groundhog day we had some nice gentle rains in between periods of sunshine … even saw our first robin...on valentines day it was pretty much cloudy all day with showers starting in the afternoon and lasting most of the night … temperatures were rising a bit and snow was melting … all was well in our world. Then the third week of February happened!! Temperatures dropped, clouds rolled in, white stuff started falling, and we ended up with another 8 or so inches of snow!! The sun started coming out, the snow was melting back rapidly, it was looking promising that we might be able to get some stuff done outdoors... but then the clouds rolled in the other day...we had lots of rain most of the afternoon but sometime during the night we got another 3 inches of snow!! Most of that snow had melted off by the next day, along with some more from previous snows so maybe we are going to be able to get going outdoors soon. Welcome to MUD season!!!!

2018 was a very challenging year for us here on the farm. We started out with very little winter... didn't even really have good snow cover for the garlic. By the end of January, it was already starting to warm up... with very little rainfall or moisture … did have some but not nearly enough to make up for what moisture didn't happen earlier in the winter. {we were able to get the shrubs and trees pruned fairly early!!} By April everything was getting pretty dry .. we usually have a least some rain to help germinate seedbeds but Mother Nature was definatly not helping so we had to run the overhead sprinkler much more than we wanted before we could turn the drip on... moving hoses is one of our least favorite things to do!! By mid- May we were already heating up into the high 80's and above with out much rain. By June, still not much rain, temps climbing to almost 100 degrees and single digit humidity... we were getting crops planted but it was taking time and it hard to keep little baby plants watered. Once the plants got a bit more established and the drip was going it was easier to keep everybody alive.  We had problems with bugs… mostly flea beetles..even in the high tunnel. Between the lack of humidity, heat,  and the bugs many of our crops did not do well. In the tunnels we had issues with heat, flea beetles, and water/humidity issues, many things were mot happy; many of our early greens were very damaged by the flea beetles and the heat made them want to bolt early, lettuces got bitter or bolted early, we had a very hard time getting sweet potatoes established{once they got roots going well the ones that lived did well}. {tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers in the tunnel did VERY well!!} Outdoors greens and lettuces were not happy .. between the heat and flea beetles, I would say that we had crop failure with most of them. Peas and favas started out well, but shut down as soon as the temps got too high. Had a tough time getting fennel and parsnips to germinate well. Green beans started out gangbusters... came up, grew well, set lots of beans for about 2 weeks, then just limped along...harvest totals dropped to less than 1/2 from the first to the third week of harvest. Outdoor tomatoes bloomed but didn't set much fruit until the monsoon came so most of the tomatoes we harvested up until September came from the tunnel, melons were a bust, winter squash did ok but we had a lot that just wouldn't cure out so we could store it. Most everything else did fairly well. And even though the season was tough on plants we still ended up harvesting close to 10,000 lbs of produce...thankfully much of the fruit did ok.

So far except for a lack of nice sunny days, 2019 is looking much better!! In the prop house plants are really starting to take off!! Some of our seedling started out growing very slowly..i  think a lot of them have just been waiting for sunshine!! It is getting full in there ...thankfully many of them have been transplanted in the tunnel...and it should be almost warm enough to kick alliums, kohlrabi, and cabbages out to the honey house. This week I think we are starting broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant for the high tunnel, starting sweet potato slips and more!

In the tunnels, Alex has been busy planting all sorts of goodies; seeding beets, carrots, turnips, radishes, baby pac choi, salad greens, arugula, peas and favas....transplanting lots of different greens and lettuces...it is just about full!!

Outdoors... well, we haven't gotten a really good start yet. Mostly shoveling snow and slogging around in our wonderful mud!! Way back around valentines day we did get a few currents pruned and a big burdock patch taken care of...we are hoping to be able to get out there soon .. seems like I'm really late an getting started with pruning .. maybe its just been a few years since we've had winter hanging on into March!!

Time to sign up for our CSA!! It looks like we will be starting veggie pickup the second week of April 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 melting!! and the maple may be just about ready to bloom.

 

Work days ...our main pushes for March will be getting the trees pruned and getting beds ready for early spring crops

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 on Saturday!!!

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

Posted 2/28/2019 2:41pm by Betsy Austin.

 



Dear %%user-name%%,

It\'s that time again! Time to sign up for the 2019 CSA season from Circle A Garden. We are aiming for the second week in April for our first veggie pick up. We have all sorts of yummy produce coming up in the high tunnel for those first weeks. . radishes, turnips, arugula. baby bok choi, carrots, beets, peas, fava beans and more!! Ready to be transplanted we have all kinds of greens .. swiss chard, kales, mustards, bok choi and other Asian green, orach and more!! In the prop house we have alliums, artichokes, cabbages, more greens and lettuces already up and growing. As the month progresses we will be starting all kinds of fun things..tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, broccoli, cauliflower, and so much more. Please come and join us for another year of fresh vegetable adventures!!

Click here to begin your renewal process. Or just copy and paste the link below into your browser:

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We look forward to having you back this season.

Your friends at,
Circle A Garden

 

Posted 5/4/2018 5:17pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy May!!

Note:  Veggie Pickup will be this coming Saturday...9 am to noon

If you don't get on my list for this week, please go to the website and sign up, you will be on my list for next week!! www.circleagarden.com

The weather the last few weeks has been nothing if not changeable!!   Nice warm days with abundant sun changing to chilly, cloudy days to wind days to bits of snowy to rain. We did get a couple of my nice gentle overnight rains but not really enough rain to help much. Wednesday and Thursday this week were cold and cloudy..our "wall" from Colona to the hanging tree seems to be well in place...it rained{with some snow}well on south of Colona ..and on north of the hanging tree..but we just had some intermittent drops here on the farm..maybe enough to wet the surface of the soil!! Today though it has been nice and sunny and warming up well.

The landscape in the high tunnel is starting to change..spring greens are making way for tomatoes and cucumbers this week..favas are about knee high and growing rapidly..and blooming their fool heads off. Still have lots of early goodies but it is a good thing some of them are going home with you all..tomatoes are getting too tall to fit in the window in the greenhouse!~!

Outdoors, Alex and Terry are getting a lot of stuff planted out..we now have peas, favas, cabbage, kohlrabi, more greens, lettuces, celtice, beets, carrots, turnips, radishes, and something close to 5,000 alliums so far!! Some of the fruit trees are still blooming strong..I a, not seeing any apricots..an occasional nanking cherry, currants are still blooming and setting fruit, apples pears and plums are still blooming..I don't see any fruit set yet, but I am hoping!! 

We will still be taking sign ups for the CSA until we fill up. 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 lilacs are starting to bloom..not as spectacularly as the year Della passed, but better than some years, raspberries are starting to grow, blackberries are barely starting to leaf out, grass is green, birds are starting to mest, frogs are singing.

New addition to the farm is Millie..she is Alex's baby goat..cute as a bug..growing almost as fast as the weeds..a very comic addition to the farm!!

Food for thought.. Question of the month..sooo..what can each of you do to help conserve water?? Getting a few good comments on our facebook page..please add your thoughts. From my perspective as a farmer I know I cannot grow food without water..we all need food to survive.we also need clean water to drink..sooo....lets go a little deeper with our thinking..what is more important..food to eat and water to drink..or ?????

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

What is available for the CSA?

This is my best guess on Thursday what we will have at pick up,,sometimes the veggies just aren't quite ready when we go to harvest on Friday.

don't forget to check the website for recipes..also check our facebook page for fun things that our members have done with their goodies!!

Food safety.. we do not consider any of our produce to be ready to eat..we "chill" it in cool water to get the field heat out but recommend that you wash it before eating.

from the tunnel; swiss chard, kale, bok choi,  tokyo bekana, orach, mustards, red rain,gunsho,  lettuces. radishes, salad turnips, salad greens, arugula, the first few baby carrots and beet greens, chives, spring onions.

From the great out of doors; rhubarb, a few leeks left fro winter,  and lovage

Note; we will have eggs again this season from Darcy and Don Arnold, our friends over at Lower 48 Farm,

Hope you are all ready to enjoy spring!!

Looking forward to seeing all of you on Saturday!!!

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

Posted 4/12/2018 7:41pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy  Spring!!

Note: 2nd Veggie Pickup of the 2018 season will be this coming Saturday, April 14th...9 am to noon!!!! That's less than 2 short days away..if you haven't signed up yet and want some amazing veggies this week, please call me tonight to get on my list!!

If you don't get on my list for this week, please go to the website and sign up, you will be on my list for next week!! www.circleagarden.com

Our first veggie pickup of the season went well. It was so good to see all of you again!! The weather even cooperated with us. It rained a bit early in the morning before we started setting up, but had quit by eight..was cloudy and coolish most of the morning with bits of sun peeking through. Tomorrow we harvest again..looks like we will have even more of a bounteous harvest.

The weather this week has been pretty good until today. We finally got our nice overnight rain Saturday..it sort of drizzled off and on Friday and Friday night, but got down to business by Saturday night. Was a bit cool early in the week, but had warmed up nicely by yesterday..we were in the 70's during the day and the 40's overnight. Today has been ok temperature wise, but the wind has been awful!! If it wasn't nailed down, it is somewhere down around Delta!! We have this brown haze from all the dirt blowing up. We seem to have a storm coming in..the forecast has been changing each time we look at it. Early in the week it was going to snow tonight..that changed to rain..now it seems to not going to precipitate at all. Still supposed to be cold tonight, cool tomorrow..mid 40's..and even colder tomorrow night. At least the wind is supposed to die down!! It is supposed to start warming up again by Sunday and be a beautiful week!!

This week we were able to spend more time doing stuff with plants!! Did more weeding in the tunnel..gave the pea patch a good weeding..worked on sifting more soil for the herb beds..got beds ready for cabbages, kohlrabi, and lettuces..pricked up lots of little plants in the prop house; broccoli, cauliflower italian parsley, celeriac, and tomatoes..and moving lots of flats of plants..kicked a bunch of stuff out to the hardening off bench early in the week..then moved it all back into the honey house today. Thank you Joe{Alex's dad} and Joyce for helping with plant adventures this week!!

We will still be taking sign ups for the CSA until we fill up. 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{and not so fun}here on the farm..daffodils are blooming their heads off, plums are blooming, lilac buds are growing bigger, weeds really appreciated the rain, radishes are coming up.

Food for thought.. Question of the month..sooo..what can each of you do to help conserve water?? Getting a few good comments on our facebook page..please add your thoughts. From my perspective as a farmer I know I cannot grow food without water..we all need food to survive.we also need clean water to drink..sooo....lets go a little deeper with our thinking..what is more important..food to eat and water to drink..or ?????

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

What is available for the CSA?

This is my best guess on Thursday what we will have at pick up,,sometimes the veggies just aren't quite ready when we go to harvest on Friday.

don't forget to check the website for recipes..also check our facebook page for fun things that our members have done with their goodies!!

Food safety.. we do not consider any of our produce to be ready to eat..we "chill" it in cool water to get the field heat out but recommend that you wash it before eating.

from the tunnel; swiss chard, kale, bok choi,  tokyo bekana, orach, mustards, red rain,gunsho, maybe a few little lettuces. radishes, salad turnips, salad greens,  baby bok choi, chives, pineapple sage, and marjoram.

From the great out of doors; spring onions, green garlic, horseradish, burdock root, and lovage

Note; we will have eggs again this season from Darcy abd Don Arnold, our friends over at Lower 48 Farm,

Hope you are all ready to enjoy spring!!

Looking forward to seeing all of you on Saturday!!!

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

Posted 3/31/2018 7:02pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy  Spring!!

Note: First Veggie Pickup of the 2018 season will be Saturday, April 7th...9 am to noon!!!! That's less than 1 short week away..please sign up now for am amazing array of early spring treats!! Please sign up before Thursday April 5th to get on my list for the first veggies of the season. Either sign up on the website before Thursday or give me a call before Friday{970-249-9725}..Thabks

www.circleagarden.com

So far it looks like we may have radishes, turnips, lots of green leafies..swiss chard, kale, mustards, orach, bok choi and other asioan greens, chives, pineapple sage for the first week. Some other things we may have soon would be salad greens, beta greens, lettuces, endive and escarole..these are growing just a bit slower and may or may not be ready the first week. It may be a couple more weeks on the rhubarb.

Wow!! Tomorrow is the 1st of April!! Not sure what happened to February and March!! How time flies when you're having fun!! Weather has been mostly dry..a few near showers, but they didn't amount to much.mostly just a lot of cold wintry wind with some random snow flakes and rain drops!! Last week was a lot cooler..highs in the 40's and 50's..lows way down in the 20's. This week has mostly been warmer..at least when the sun is out..if it hides behind a cloud the breeze is just downright cold!! Today though we got up to 70..the sun was downright hot!! We are still way dry..our mountains have gotten a bit of snow, but snow pack is still way down. We have our request in for a nice gentle overnight rain..preferably on Sunday nights..although we will take rain when we can get it at this point!!

We have had another busy couple of weeks..tree pruning is done for now so we can move on to other projects. Last week was pretty chilly of a morning so we got some quality time in the prop house and the high tunnel. Alex planted the last succession of greens and lettuces in the high tunnel..she gives me that look and tells me there is NO more room in the inn!!! It is stuffed..and growing rapidly!!In the prop house we got more little guys pricked up..lettuces, the rest of the celery, lavender, rosemary, basil, and a few other herbs. We also seeded trays of kale, portuguese kale,late kohlrabi, late cabbages. another succession of lettuces,  asian green and scallions..these are all for outdoors. This next week we need to get the alliums kicked out to the hardening off bench..just waiting for the night time temps to get up closer to 32 degrees!! Then we will have room to kick lettuces, artichokes, and celery out to the honey house..so we can prick up tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, celeriac. broccoli and cauliflower..so we can start more seeds!! Alex and the work share folks worked on getting the cover crop in. more cottonwoods dug, and prepping a few beds for early spring outdoor goodies. Terry has a couple of projects she has been working on in between helping the rest of out.

We are under 1 short week out from our first veggie pickup of the 2018 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 here on the farm..apricots are in full bloom..hope the don't get frozen during the next little cold spell mid week!! Birds are all thinking spring thoughts..heard our first woodpecker this morning.

Food for thought.. Question of the month..sooo..what can each of you do to help conserve water?? 

Work days for March..every Saturday..9 am to noon..projects for March include tree pruning, weeding and mulching rhubarb, getting beds ready for alliums. cabbages, and kohlrabi..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 soon

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

Posted 3/19/2018 3:28pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy  Spring!!

Note: First Veggie Pickup of the 2018 season will be Saturday, April 7th...9 am to noon!!!! That's less than 3 short weeks away..sign up now for am amazing array of early spring treats!! 

www.circleagarden.com

So far it looks like we may have radishes, turnips, lots of green leafies..swiss chard, kale, mustards, orach, bok choi and other asioan greens, chives, pineapple sage for the first week. Some other things we may have soon would be salad greens, beta greens, lettuces, endive and escarole, rhubarb..these are growing just a bit slower and may or may not be ready the first week.

Here we are just past mid-March..just past Saint Paddys' day but not quite spring equinox..a pretty sweet place to be this time of year!! {oh, yeah..we are past the time change, too..boo,hiss..we were just getting used to it getting light early!!} Still not much moisture..we've had a couple of little showers..some of them snow the last couple of weeks but not nearly enough. Last night it snowed, barely and the overnight temp was 22 degrees..today it looked like it was going to be shiny but it seems to have changed it's mind. Looks like we might have just a wee storm on Thursday but otherwise fairly warm and sunny. Our next best chance for precip may be sometime next week but...it is springtime and it is Colorado!!

Terry, Alex,our work share folks, Mom, and I have been busy, busy, busy!! Pruning projects are coming along nicely..currant are dine and we are down to one last tree. Still have blackberries to go but we are holding off on them..they just do better if we let them wake up on their own, We got the peas and favas planted outdoors this last week..we we aiming for St. Paddys; day..then planted them a few days earlier to take advantage of the snow we were supposed to have..we were hoping that Mother Nature would water them well..no such luck!! We also planted some onions from our young farmer friend Laura over at High Desert seeds..they are for a seed crop..the onions were beautiful!! we may have to plant some next season to eat!! A;ex and the work share folks have been working on the future tomato and summer squash are..getting it weeded and the cottonwood out so we can plant a quick cover crop. I did some work on the rhubarb patch..I am weeding, fertilizing, and mulching..getting it ready to go for the season. Our next push will be getting beds ready for all sorts of alliums, cabbages, and kohlrabi..and getting them planted. as well as working on the herb beds and working on the raspberry patch.

The high tunnel is looking great..everything is starting to grow rapidly..we can actually see all the red lettuces from the top of the tunnel..we have been able to see the green ones well..the green contrasts with the color of the soil..the reds just sort of blend in until they get bigger!! This morning was a good high tunnel day..Alex and Suzanne planted more lettuces, endive, escarole, and celtice..and seeded another succession of baby pak choi and arugula. Just have another batch of greens and salad lettuces to squeeze in someplace!! They also did some weeding.

I spent much of my time this last week working in the prop house..trimming and fertilizing alliums and all sorts of herbs to move out to the honey house,,we were seriously running out of room!! I also started broccoli, cauliflower for outdoors; peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, and basil for the tunnel and CSA..then I pricked up the cabbages, artichokes, some more herbs, and got a start on the celery before I ran out of soil mix..I have more coming!! Good thiing because celery, rosemary, and lavender are ready to prick up now..more lettuces and that broccoli and cauliflower I started the other day are going to be ready towards the end of the week. And I need to start kales, collards, and more greens for the great out of doors..and there is something else I am forgetting!!

We are under 3 short weeks out from our first veggie pickup of the 2018 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 here on the farm..maple is blooming..in fact it is almost finished!!.We are seeing all sorts of little green things popping up..garlic, overwintered onions, lemon balm, angelica, dandelions, rhubarb has some huge little red noses, iris, daffodils, weeds{ok so some of the weeds just kept going during the winter!!}

Food for thought.. Question of the month..sooo..what can each of you do to help conserve water?? 

Work days for March..every Saturday..9 am to noon..projects for March include tree pruning, weeding and mulching rhubarb, getting beds ready for alliums. cabbages, and kohlrabi..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 soon

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