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Posted 5/8/2014 9:12pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Mothers Day!!

Note: sixth veggie pickup of the season is this Saturday, May 10..9:00 am to noon.  Please take a few minutes to sign up if you haven't already!!

Well, our glorious May weather lasted just about a week..sunny with a few random clouds..a bit breezy..highs in the 70's and 80's..lows ranging 32 to about 48. Then today happened!! At 5 am it was cloudy..by 6 it was a soft morning..by 6:20 it was pouring down rain..by 8 it was clearing and the sun was trying to shine..by about 10 it was getting way to warm in the tunnel..just about the time we were finishing in the tunnel and ready to escape the heat a huge black cloud blew in..thunder rumbled, the wind blew and we had this very wet snow/rain mix going on. About 11 it was clearing again and the sun was trying to shine..by 12 the wind picked up, another big black cloud appeared and it started raining a bit more..then we could see huge patches of blue sky..just not where we are!! The sun came out about 3 but was gone again by 5..the thermometer said our high for today was 67..I think we missed it!! Welcome to springtime in the Rockies!! And it looks like we are going to get another big storm coming in by Sunday.

In the prop house..got a bit more stuff pricked up. Started summer squash, cucs for outdoors, and melons. I was hoping to get the last succession of lettuce pricked up and winter squash started yesterday, but my get up and go done got up and left so I did some catching up on paper work stuff instead.

In the tunnels..Sunday and Monday we planted sweet potato slips and tomatoes in the low tunnel {Thanks Bettye for all your help!!} More new little shoots coming up in the ginger..the tomatoes are growing..not as rapidly as the favas though!! Della and I are trying to remember just how tall they were last year when they started blooming..they are about 3 feet tall now and we are hoping that they will slow down on getting any taller and just concentrate on making lots of pods.{last year they got about 6 feet tall before we had to start cutting them back before they took over the whole tunnel!!}

Outdoors..Getting a bit more planted each week. This week we seeded carrots, planted more lettuces, and got a start on planting potatoes. Sunday Della got brave and turned the drip on..well that lasted four whole days..today she chickened out and turned it back off and drained it 'cause if it clears it could get a bit chilly tonight..Maybe next week we can get it on again. 

Updates on our little birdie friends. Sad news on the goose front..sometime during the night Friday a predator got Babble {Miss Piggy's mate}.  If there is a goosie heaven, I hope she is up there with a whole flock of babies because she sure was working hard down here for them. Yesterday we moved the geese back up to the front yard..partially because of the predator and partially because they need new pasture. Della is going to try to convince the next goose that decides to set to make her nest in the pen so she can shut it at night..not sure how well that is going to work..the geese hate to be shut in even when it is 11 below zero!!

Duckies are all doing well.. the cayuga..who's name is Velvet..who was starting to set last week gave it up after 2 days..can't say I blame her..I can think of much more interesting things to do than set on a nest for 28 days staring at the walls!! Baby chickies will be 9 weeks old on Monday..they are now living in the pen under the apricot tree..they are enjoying the extra space.  The new babies will be about  6 weeks old on Tuesday. 

note: we do have chicken and duck eggs for sale here at the farm..chicken eggs are $4.00 and Duck eggs are $6.00. Just give us a call..249-9725..to pick some


work days for May will be every Sunday 9:00-noon. I can set up special days during the week for those folks that are unable to do Sat. Please let me know when you plan on being here.

Please help us if you can..our intern search is not going well..so far we have managed with the help of Transition Lab, good friends and Csa members..but it is May and time for planting frenzy!! Any help on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday would be greatly appreciated!! { I start about 6 and go until I just can't go any longer}

We need your help!! Our goal is to reach 50 memberships this season!! Please sign up if you haven't already!! {huge thanks and blessings to those folks that signed up early!!}. Please talk us up to friends, family, co-workers, etc. We can talk to folks, show them around, and tell them how we grow your food, but it is your enthusiasm that gets them hooked!! If you have folks that are interested, I can set up farm tours anytime now...just need to call first to set up a time. 

So..member sign up for returning members .please go to the website  www.circleagarden.com and sign up!! Look for the box on the left side of the page that says membership actions and click on sign up now!! it will take you to the sign up page. click on returning member..it will ask for your e-mail address and will send you a link to verify you are who you are. Then just follow the directions.

have a mini share looking for a share partner..let me know if you are interested and I will get you her contact info.

For New members..same instructions for returning members except click on new member and follow the directions. For more information about our CSA please read about it under the heading OUR PRODUCTS. If you have any questions or would like a farm tour please feel free to contact us. I can do farm tours anytime now.

What is available for the CSA?

This is my best guess of what we will be harvesting this week. 

NOTE:For food safety..our veggies are not ready to eat..we "chill" or hydro-cool them to get the field heat out but they are not washed!! Please wash them before you eat them!!

From the tunnel..lots of greens

Swiss chard

Kale

mustard

mizuna

red rain

bok choi

yakina savoy

mibuna

chinese cabbage

lettuces

salad greens

gailon

salad turnips..greens are very tender and tasty!!

radishes

carrots..we on to the mokums this week..what did you think of the early ones?

herbs

From outdoors

overwintered onions and leeks

hopefully the first picking of rhubarb!!


Fun happening.. Jen McGruther..one of your fellow CSA members has written a cookbook..Nourished Kitchen..it is awesome..great pictures..tasty recipes..I will try to remember to bring our copy out for you all to look at it!!

Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday!!

All of us at Circle A Garden

 

 

 

 

 

Posted 5/2/2014 6:16pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy May!!

Note: fifth veggie pickup of the season is this Saturday, May 3..9:00 am tp noon.  Please take a few minutes to sign up if you haven't already!!

Well, the last week of April was changeable to say the least..the weather didn't seem to know just what it wanted to do!! The weekend was wet and miserable..I think more miserable than wet..did get some moisture here on the farm, but not my gentle overnight rain I requested!! Monday was sunny some, cloudy some, windy some, snowy some, rainy some. Della and I were planting tomatoes in the high tunnel..we'd get too warm and open the doors, then we'd be too cold and shut them..about every 20 minutes or so. Tuesday was cloudy and chilly most of the day..Wed was sunny in the morning then clouded over and had a few flakes of snow coming down. Our highs for the last week of April ranged from mid-40 to high 50..our lows mid 30 except Tuesday and Wednesday when they were 22 and 20..brrr. The first two days of May have been a very welcome change!! Sunny with a few clouds, a bit breezy off and on and highs in the 70's. Looks like we may have much more sun and warm weather for a few days..but it is still springtime in the Rockies and this is Colorado!!

In the prop house..things just keep on a growin'!! Okra is getting it's 2nd set of true leaves..cucs for the tunnel are ready to transplant..hope the warmer weather holds so I can get them in the ground before they have cucumbers!! Almost got caught up pricking stuff up..then I looked at the tray of lettuces this morning!! I think they are twice as big as they were Wednesday. 

In the tunnel..Ginger is looking good..starting to see new sprouts coming up..Planted the tomats and they are looking great!! No tomatoes yet, though!! Favas are blooming..really blooming!! Got then staked up so they hopefully won't eat the tomats. More and more bare spaces..soon to be filled with peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, okra, malabar spinach, and more!! Sweet potato slips got here yesterday..guess what I will be doing Sunday Morning!!

Outdoors..Every time we plant something it gets cold again!! This week it was more onions and we seeded salad greens, radishes, and turnips. What we have in seems to be doing well dispite the cold nights..I think they have been set back a week or so though..they just don't grow as fast in the cold. We may have a bit of a gap between our high tunnel greens and our outdoor plantings. I was hoping for kohlrabi and cabbages early to mid June..they are growing, but very slowly..they may surprise me. Peas are doing well and may be ready by late May. We will just have to see how our May weather shapes up. I think the plums may be toast..they were looking ok last week, but don't look so happy this week. Some of the apples may be ok..they are still looking pretty good. We are ever hopeful we can get the drip turned on this week. We have been watering with the overhead sprinkler and are so looking forward to not moving hoses all over the place!!

Updates on our little birdie friends. On the goose front..Babble {Miss Piggy's mate} will have been setting 28 days on Saturday..b-day for little goosies!!!!  Coral is still thinking about setting on her nest. Della discovered that her geese are afraid of water..just like their mommy!! She's been letting them into the riverbottom the last couple of days{we have a pond out there} And just like Della they wade out until their feet don't touch bottom and chicken out!! Duckies are all doing well.. One of the cayugas is starting to set. I think she has something like 25 days to go!! Baby chickies will be 8 weeks old on Monday..they are now living in the pen under the apricot tree..they are enjoying the extra space.  The new babies will be about  5 weeks old on Tuesday. 

note: we do have chicken and duck eggs for sale here at the farm..chicken eggs are $4.00 and Duck eggs are $6.00. Just give us a call..249-9725..to pick some


work days for May will be every Sunday 9:00-noon. I can set up special days during the week for those folks that are unable to do Sat. Please let me know when you plan on being here.


We need your help!! Our goal is to reach 50 memberships this season!! Please sign up if you haven't already!! {huge thanks and blessings to those folks that signed up early!!}. Please talk us up to friends, family, co-workers, etc. We can talk to folks, show them around, and tell them how we grow your food, but it is your enthusiasm that gets them hooked!! If you have folks that are interested, I can set up farm tours anytime now...just need to call first to set up a time. 

So..member sign up for returning members .please go to the website  www.circleagarden.com and sign up!! Look for the box on the left side of the page that says membership actions and click on sign up now!! it will take you to the sign up page. click on returning member..it will ask for your e-mail address and will send you a link to verify you are who you are. Then just follow the directions.

have a mini share looking for a share partner..let me know if you are interested and I will get you her contact info.

For New members..same instructions for returning members except click on new member and follow the directions. For more information about our CSA please read about it under the heading OUR PRODUCTS. If you have any questions or would like a farm tour please feel free to contact us. I can do farm tours anytime now.

What is available for the CSA?

This is my best guess of what we will be harvesting this week. 

NOTE:For food safety..our veggies are not ready to eat..we "chill" or hydro-cool them to get the field heat out but they are not washed!! Please wash them before you eat them!!

From the tunnel..lots of greens

Swiss chard

Kale

mustard..have a heading mustard this week..looks funky, but very sweet and mild..let us know what you think

mizuna

red rain

bok choi

yakina savoy

mibuna

chinese cabbage

lettuces

salad greens

gailon

salad turnips..greens are very tender and tasty!!

radishes..more than last week

carrots..we on to the mokums this week..what did you think of the early ones?

herbs

From outdoors

overwintered scallions


Fun happening.. Jen McGruther..one of your fellow CSA members has written a cookbook..Nourished Kitchen..it is awesome..great pictures..tasty recipes..I will try to remember to bring our copy out for you all to look at it!!

Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday!!

All of us at Circle A Garden

 

 

 

 

 

Posted 4/24/2014 9:21pm by Betsy Austin.

Welcome to springtime in the Rockies!!!

Note: fourth veggie pickup of the season is this Saturday, April 12..9:00 am tp noon.  Please take a few minutes to sign up if you haven't already!!

The week started out with clouds and a nice rain on Saturday..Sunday was an almost perfect day..lots of sun, a few happy little clouds..just right for a potluck Easter dinner with our farmer friends. Monday and Tuesday were sunny and VERY warm..I think we reached 80. Wednesday was cloudy and chilly. Overnight low was down to 22 degrees again. Today was sunny, but a bit of chill in the air. And it looks like we have another storm coming through just in time for the weekend!! We have our request in for more snow in the mountains and a few of those gentle soaking rains hear on the farm. Murphy's law say that we will get snow because we went ahead on got the shade cloth up on the veggie shed this week!!.

It seems like I am barely holding my own in the prop house..I get to thinkin' I am all caught up but look again and something has grown much bigger than it was just a bit ago!! Pricked up a bunch more stuff but still have several seed flats that are now ready. Started tomatillos and got trays ready for celeriac, malabar spinach and out door cucs

In the tunnel..Planted ginger on Monday..I asked Della which we should start with..she voted for ginger..wanted to get the tomatoes in, but chickened out.. so glad I did it was much colder last night than we anticipated. Ginger did well though..we tucked it in with extra remay so that it wouldn't get cold.

Outdoors..Well we got the greens and the lettuces in..so far they look ok after their  cold night. the plums and one apple tree were in full bloom..Della says they look alright, but they may have gotten damages. We keep trying to get the drip up and running but just about the time we decide it's warm enough we get another night in the low 20's.{all the valves that control the water flow will freeze even with protection}. Though we were going to have rubarb this week, but may have to let it grow out of this freeze now. Peas, favas, onions, cabbages, and kohlrabi are still looking pretty good..the cold night may have set them back just a bit though. 

Updates on our little birdie friends. On the goose front..Babble {Miss Piggy's mate} will have been setting 21 days on Saturday..one week to go!! Coral has a nest now but hasn't gotten real serious about staying on the next..she's just thing about it for now. Duckies are all doing well.. Baby chickies will be 7 weeks old on Monday..they are now living in the pen under the apricot tree..they are enjoying the extra space.  The new babies will be about  4 weeks old on Tuesday. They finally got to go out this week. Della put them in with their slightly older siblings..they've been a bit amusing..at first they were scared of each other. The dog..you know the predator.. howling,  doesn't faze them, but another chick? Today Della says they are co-existing..sharing space, food, water..just tolerating each other.

note: we do have chicken and duck eggs for sale here at the farm..chicken eggs are $4.00 and Duck eggs are $6.00. Just give us a call..249-9725..to pick some


work days for April will be every Sunday 9:00-noon. I can set up special days during the week for those folks that are unable to do Sat. Please let me know when you plan on being here.


We need your help!! Our goal is to reach 50 memberships this season!! Please sign up if you haven't already!! {huge thanks and blessings to those folks that signed up early!!}. Please talk us up to friends, family, co-workers, etc. We can talk to folks, show them around, and tell them how we grow your food, but it is your enthusiasm that gets them hooked!! If you have folks that are interested, I can set up farm tours anytime now...just need to call first to set up a time. 

So..member sign up for returning members .please go to the website  www.circleagarden.com and sign up!! Look for the box on the left side of the page that says membership actions and click on sign up now!! it will take you to the sign up page. click on returning member..it will ask for your e-mail address and will send you a link to verify you are who you are. Then just follow the directions.

have a mini share looking for a share partner..let me know if you are interested and I will get you her contact info.

For New members..same instructions for returning members except click on new member and follow the directions. For more information about our CSA please read about it under the heading OUR PRODUCTS. If you have any questions or would like a farm tour please feel free to contact us. I can do farm tours anytime now.

What is available for the CSA?

This is my best guess of what we will be harvesting this week. 

NOTE:For food safety..our veggies are not ready to eat..we "chill" or hydro-cool them to get the field heat out but they are not washed!! Please wash them before you eat them!!

From the tunnel..lots of greens

Swiss chard

Kale

mustard..3 varieties

mizuna

red rain

bok choi

orach

yakina savoy

mibuna

chinese cabbage

beet greens

lettuces

beta greens

arugula

salad turnips..greens are very tender and tasty!!

radishes..more than last week

carrots..the first few..they are pretty small but are a new variety we are trialing for baby                     carrots..please let us know what you think

herbs

From outdoors

overwintered scallions


Fun happening.. come visit me at the Ouray Fork Fest this Saturday April 26. I will be set up in the Ouray school gym with many other producers from 10 am- 5 pm. There will be chefs demonstrating how to prepare wonderful goodies from locally produced food.

note..Veggie pickup will still be here at the farm..Mom and Della will be here..just I am going to ForkFest

Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday!!

All of us at Circle A Garden

 

 

 

 

 

Posted 4/18/2014 6:27pm by Betsy Austin.

Welcome to springtime in the Rockies!!!

Note: third veggie pickup of the season is this Saturday, April 12..9:00 am tp noon.  Please take a few minutes to sign up if you haven't already!!

The weather this week started out not so happy..Saturday was pretty nice for veggie pickup in the morning, but the wind picked up and the clouds rolled in in the afternoon. We had wind, thunder, a little more wind and not much rain in the evening. When I went out Sunday morning it was cloudy and 40 degrees..I did a few things in the prop house, then planted a tray of parsley..by 10 the temperature had dropped and it was snowing!! Snowed and rained off and on a good bit of the day..then cleared off overnight and got really cold..we were 22 degrees both Sunday and Monday nights. Nice and sunny and warming up some on Tuesday. Wednesday was cloudy, but warm..we kept expecting it to rain any minute but nothing happened. This morning it was 38 when we started out and got almost to 80 before the clouds rolled back in this afternoon. 

This was a good week for catching up in the prop-house..I had a lot of things that were not quite ready to prick-up last week but were desperate for more room this week. Pricked up late cabbages, lettuces, tomatoes, peppers, basil, marigolds, and I'm sure I am forgetting somebody. Started more lettuces and got trays ready to seed the next batch of greens. Okra and cucumbers are already coming up..can't believe it is almost time to start summer squash!!

In the tunnel..starting to get some blank spaces in the greens plantings.. as the greens come out we will be getting those beds ready for all those warm season goodies in the prop house. Was going to start planting tomatoes and ginger until it got so cold. I think they would have been alright all tucked in under the remay with their jugs of water, but just wasn't quite brave enough to risk my babies!!

Outdoors..well things were looking up until Sunday night!! You know those apricots we thought were looking so much better Saturday..well they are looking pretty sad..not sure if we will have more than a handful of cots again this year. Rhubarb got pretty frozen..it was looking like we could start picking it this week..well it needs to grow out a week or so. Not sure on the lilacs.. we were all jazzed thinking we would have lots of blooms..we'll just have to wait and see. The plums were maybe 1/4 bloomed out, but are blooming nicely again now. Apples and pear are starting to leaf out a bit. Garlic is growing well. The cabbages, kohlrabi, onions, peas, and favas came through the freeze with flying colors..they are looking very good. hopefully this next week we can get greens, lettuces, more onions and some of the potatoes in. 

Updates on our little birdie friends. On the goose front..Babble {Miss Piggy's mate} will have been setting 14 days on Saturday..halfway there!! Coral has a nest now but hasn't gotten real serious about staying on the next..she's just thing about it for now. Duckies are all doing well.. Baby chickies will be 6 weeks old on Monday..they are now living in the pen under the apricot tree..they are enjoying the extra space.  The new babies will be about  3 weeks old on Tuesday. We keep promising they will get to go out and play with the older chikies, but the weather hasn't cooperated. 

note: we do have chicken and duck eggs for sale here at the farm..chicken eggs are $4.00 and Duck eggs are $6.00. Just give us a call..249-9725..to pick some


work days for April will be every Sunday 9:00-noon. I can set up special days during the week for those folks that are unable to do Sat. Please let me know when you plan on being here.


We need your help!! Our goal is to reach 50 memberships this season!! Please sign up if you haven't already!! {huge thanks and blessings to those folks that signed up early!!}. Please talk us up to friends, family, co-workers, etc. We can talk to folks, show them around, and tell them how we grow your food, but it is your enthusiasm that gets them hooked!! If you have folks that are interested, I can set up farm tours anytime now...just need to call first to set up a time. 

So..member sign up for returning members .please go to the website  www.circleagarden.com and sign up!! Look for the box on the left side of the page that says membership actions and click on sign up now!! it will take you to the sign up page. click on returning member..it will ask for your e-mail address and will send you a link to verify you are who you are. Then just follow the directions.

have a mini share looking for a share partner..let me know if you are interested and I will get you her contact info.

For New members..same instructions for returning members except click on new member and follow the directions. For more information about our CSA please read about it under the heading OUR PRODUCTS. If you have any questions or would like a farm tour please feel free to contact us. I can do farm tours anytime now.

What is available for the CSA?

This is my best guess of what we will be harvesting this week. 

NOTE:For food safety..our veggies are not ready to eat..we "chill" or hydro-cool them to get the field heat out but they are not washed!! Please wash them before you eat them!!

From the tunnel..lots of greens

Swiss chard

Kale

mustard..3 varieties

mizuna

red rain

bok choi

orach

yakina savoy

mibuna

chinese cabbage

beet greens

lettuces

salad greens

salad turnips..greens are very tender and tasty!!

radishes..more than last week

carrots..the first few..they are pretty small but are a new variety we are trialing for baby                     carrots..please let us know what you think

herbs

From outdoors

overwintered scallions


Fun happening.. come visit me at the Ouray Fork Fest Saturday April 26. I will be set up in the Ouray school gym with many other producers from 10 am- 5 pm. There will be chefs demonstrating how to prepare wonderful goodies from locally produced food.

note..Veggie pickup will still be here at the farm..Mom and Della will be here..just I am going to ForkFest

Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday!!

All of us at Circle A Garden

 

 

 

 

 

Posted 4/10/2014 6:46pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy spring again everyone!!

Note: second veggie pickup of the season is this Saturday, April 12..9:00 am tp noon.  Please take a few minutes to sign up if you haven't already!!

The weather this week was much nicer. I even got my nice gentle rain shower..not all night, but a good 3 or 4 hours of it. It was a little chilly early in the week, but has warmed up nicely..high in the high 60 to low 70 degree range..lows early in the week in the high 20's last night it was 42. The wind has been pretty mellow this week..more a nice breeze than a gale!! 

The prophouse is rapidly filling back up. Pricked up early cauliflower, and the rest of the peppers, eggplant, and something else that I can't remember. Started okra and cucumbers for the high tunnel. Next week I should have late cabbages, more lettuces, more tomatoes and peppers ready to prick up.  Fun and exciting..we now have 11 little gingers coming up!!

In the tunnel..Greens are starting to get scary!! They are VERY happy and growing well. Carrots are coming along..looks like we may have the first of them next week!! Radishes are growing slow..I was worried that the first batch of french breakfast were going to bolt before the veggie pickup started..not sure why but they are just barely getting ready..have a few this week. Beets are starting to get little beets..we'll be thinning them the next weeks.

Outdoors things are looking up!! The apricots we thought were toast on Saturday started having more buds open and were nice and white in places by Monday. {Saturday most all the blossoms were pretty brown and frosted looking}. We don;t know yet if the cold nights last week damaged the buds that are opening this week but it is looking a bit more promising for cots so far. So far the lilac buds are growing and getting fatter..they haven't bloomed well for a few years..the buds got frozen and no pretty blooms. The plum buds are starting to swell..the willows are blooming,  the daffodils are blooming, garlic is lookin' good..so is the rhubarb. The peas, favas, and onions are doing well. And this week we got early cabbages and kohlrabi planted. 

Updates on our little birdie friends. On the goose front..Babble {Miss Piggy's mate} is setting now..I think Della says she has 7 eggs. I think it takes goose eggs 28 days to hatch. Duckies are all doing well.. Baby chickies will be 5 weeks old on Monday..they are now living in the pen under the apricot tree..they are enjoying the extra space. And guess what..Mom and Della went to Murdocks on their own again and brought home ten more baby chicks!! They will be about  2 weeks old on Tuesday. They are so tiny compared to their loder siblings!!

note: we do have chicken and duck eggs for sale here at the farm..chicken eggs are $4.00 and Duck eggs are $6.00. Just give us a call..249-9725..to pick some


work days for April will be every Sunday 9:00-noon. I can set up special days during the week for those folks that are unable to do Sat. Please let me know when you plan on being here.


We need your help!! Our goal is to reach 50 memberships this season!! Please sign up if you haven't already!! {huge thanks and blessings to those folks that signed up early!!}. Please talk us up to friends, family, co-workers, etc. We can talk to folks, show them around, and tell them how we grow your food, but it is your enthusiasm that gets them hooked!! If you have folks that are interested, I can set up farm tours anytime now...just need to call first to set up a time. 

So..member sign up for returning members .please go to the website  www.circleagarden.com and sign up!! Look for the box on the left side of the page that says membership actions and click on sign up now!! it will take you to the sign up page. click on returning member..it will ask for your e-mail address and will send you a link to verify you are who you are. Then just follow the directions.

have a mini share looking for a share partner..let me know if you are interested and I will get you her contact info.

For New members..same instructions for returning members except click on new member and follow the directions. For more information about our CSA please read about it under the heading OUR PRODUCTS. If you have any questions or would like a farm tour please feel free to contact us. I can do farm tours anytime now.

What is available for the CSA?

This is my best guess of what we will be harvesting this week. 

NOTE:For food safety..our veggies are not ready to eat..we "chill" or hydro-cool them to get the field heat out but they are not washed!! Please wash them before you eat them!!

From the tunnel..lots of greens

Swiss chard

Kale

mustard..3 varieties

mizuna

red rain

bok choi

orach

yakina savoy

mibuna

chinese cabbage

beet greens

lettuces

beta greens

salad turnips..greens are very tender and tasty!!

radishes..just a few

herbs

From outdoors

overwintered baby leeks and scallions


Fun happening.. come visit me at the Ouray Fork Fest Saturday April 26. I will be set up in the Ouray school gym with many other producers from 10 am- 5 pm. There will be chefs demonstrating how to prepare wonderful goodies from locally produced food.

note..Veggie pickup will still be here at the farm..Mom and Della will be here..just I am going to ForkFest

Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday!!

All of us at Circle A Garden

 

 

 

 

 

Posted 4/3/2014 7:00pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy spring?? everyone!!

Note: first veggie pickup of the season is this Saturday, April 5..just two days from today!! Please take a few minutes to sign up if you haven't already!!

The weather this week has been a bit unsettled..cooler highs ranging from high 60's over the weekend..40's and 50's the last couple of days. Lows have been all over the map..20 to 40 depending on how much cloud cover we had overnight. Lots of wind, but very little moisture until this morning..we started the day out with about an inch of snow. It is all melted off now. It is supposed to be cold again tonight but warming into the 50's for tomorrow. Looks like Saturday could be cloudy and nasty at least part of the day..we are hoping for sun in the morning for veggie pickup and a nice gentle rain in the afternoon.

The prophouse is pretty empty right now..I kicked a bunch more stuff out to the honey house. It is starting to fill up again though..have been pricking up broccoli, peppers, and eggplant. Started late cauliflower and kohlrabies, and a few other odds and ends. Fun and exciting..we now have 6 little gingers coming up!!

In the tunnel..Mom has been keeping up with most of the weeds..she takes them in to feed to the baby chicks. This week we mostly just weeded, watered, and admired.{or we could have been licking our chops!!}

Outdoors things are happening fast. The peas and the favas are coming up. The apricots were pretty much in full bloom on the weekend..then it got cold and they look to be toast!! The litle sand cherries are now blooming..and will probably freeze tonight. The willows are leafing out..the rhubarb is getting taller..the garlic is doing well..the poppies are coming up as well as some of the other perennial herbs and flowers. We got the first 2000 onions planted. And we are almost done getting the veggie shed ready for action..just need to try out our layout and see if it is going to work the way we hope..will probably have to do some tweaking before we are done.

Updates on our little birdie friends. Well the geese are ready to lay, but not quite ready to set..they are still thinking about it. Soooo, some critter raided the nest and ate the eggs...The geesies are NOT happy about it!! Della thinks that as soon as the geese are ready to set and stay on the nest at night the critter problem will go away some.  Bandit is starting to look better..more feathers..less winter underwear sticking out..still has the big feet, wart on his nose, and the mohawk!! Della says that Kiera{the much smaller,prettier, feminine version of Bandit} is sitting on her lap now to eat her meal worm treats..I don't know..Do we really need a lap duck? Baby chickies will be 4 weeks old on Monday..they are growing rapidly and getting feathers. Mom has been "picking" them choice little bit of green stuff as she weeds in the high tunnel. I think they are mostly playing with the weeds at this point..for some reason their "mommies" just are having a hard time showing them how to eat them!!

note: we do have chicken and duck eggs for sale here at the farm..chicken eggs are $4.00 and Duck eggs are $6.00. Just give us a call..249-9725..to pick some


work days for April will be every Sunday 9:00-noon. I can set up special days during the week for those folks that are unable to do Sat. Please let me know when you plan on being here.

We are 2 short days to our first veggie pickup of the 2014 season!!!            The first pickup will be Saturday, April 5!! 

We need your help!! Our goal is to reach 50 memberships this season!! Please sign up if you haven't already!! {huge thanks and blessings to those folks that signed up early!!}. Please talk us up to friends, family, co-workers, etc. We can talk to folks, show them around, and tell them how we grow your food, but it is your enthusiasm that gets them hooked!! If you have folks that are interested, I can set up farm tours anytime now...just need to call first to set up a time. 

So..member sign up for returning members .please go to the website  www.circleagarden.com and sign up!! Look for the box on the left side of the page that says membership actions and click on sign up now!! it will take you to the sign up page. click on returning member..it will ask for your e-mail address and will send you a link to verify you are who you are. Then just follow the directions.

have a mini share looking for a share partner..let me know if you are interested and I will get you her contact info.

For New members..same instructions for returning members except click on new member and follow the directions. For more information about our CSA please read about it under the heading OUR PRODUCTS. If you have any questions or would like a farm tour please feel free to contact us. I can do farm tours anytime now.

What is available for the CSA?

This is my best guess of what we will be harvesting this week. 

NOTE:For food safety..our veggies are not ready to eat..we "chill" or hydro-cool them to get the field heat out but they are not washed!! Please wash them before you eat them!!

From the tunnel..lots of greens

Swiss chard

Kale

mustard..3 varieties

mizuna

red rain

bok choi

orach

yakina savoy

salad turnips..greens are very tender and tasty!!

chives

From outdoors

overwintered baby leeks and scallions


Fun happening.. come visit me at the Ouray Fork Fest Saturday April 26. I will be set up in the Ouray school gym with many other producers from 10 am- 5 pm. There will be chefs demonstrating how to prepare wonderful goodies from locally produced food.

note..Veggie pickup will still be here at the farm..Mom and Della will be here..just I am going to ForkFest

Looking forward to a great season!!

All of us at Circle A Garden

 

 

 

 

 

Posted 3/27/2014 6:00pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy spring everyone!!

Note: first veggie pickup of the season is Saturday, April 5..just a little over a week from today!! Please take a few minutes to sign up if you haven't already!!


Our first week of spring was pretty pleasant..up until yesterday afternoon!! The wind started picking up about one and increased through the evening..anything that wasn't nailed down is in Delta or beyond. It rained just a bit between about ten and midnight..was dry and cloudy at six this morning..the sometime between then and 7:30 we got just a skiff of snow. Mostly cloudy most of the day, but fairly pleasant for working outdoors until about two when the wind picked up and it decided to snow some more. Right now it looks like it may be clearing, but feels mighty chilly!! Tomorrow is supposed to be another glorious sunshiny day!!

This week I kicked most of the alliums and the early kohlrabi out to the hardening off bench. We covered them last night just in case it got cold..looks like we may be able to get started planting them outdoors in the next couple of days. This morning we fertilized the artichokes, celery, parsley, and greens and kicked them out to the honey house. Need to make room for peppers, eggplant, broccoli, and cauliflower after I get them pricked up. I started another succession of lettuces and the late cabbages..they are already coming up!! According to my calendar, I need to start the cucumbers for the high tunnel this week..where did March go??

In the tunnel..well there doesn't seem t be much room left!! have a couple nooks and crannies, but need to leave them for those cucumbers!! the salad and beta greens and radishes I just planted are not up yet, but I am sure they will be shooting up with the next sunny day!! Mostly we have been weeding, watering and just watching everything grow this week!!

Outdoors is waking up fast!! Peas and favas are not up yet, but the seeds are starting to sprout.{ok, so I got ansty and went a dug down to the seeds to see what they were doing!! We have gotten a lot done out in the fields this week...Have beds ready for alliums, kohlrabis, cabbages, beets, carrots, turnips, radishes, and salad greens..now we just have to see how much we can get planted!! We also spent a good bit of time revamping the vegetable shed{where we sort, bunch, rinse, and do whatever we need to get your veggies ready for you after we harvest them}. We just need more space for everyone to work so we are adding an annex to the annex that we added to the veggie shed..confused. yet?? We are not done with that project, but it is coming along.

Updates on our little birdie friends. Well the geese are ready to lay, but not quite ready to set..they are still thinking about it. Soooo, some critter raided the nest and ate the eggs...The geesies are NOT happy about it!! Della thinks that as soon as the geese are ready to set and stay on the nest at night the critter problem will go away some.  Bandit is starting to look better..more feathers..less winter underwear sticking out..still has the big feet, wart on his nose, and the mohawk!! Della says that Kiera{the much smaller,prettier, feminine version of Bandit} is sitting on her lap now to eat her meal worm treats..I don't know..Do we really need a lap duck? Baby chickies will be 3 weeks old on Monday..they are growing rapidly and getting feathers. Mom has been "picking" them choice little bit of green stuff as she weeds in the high tunnel. I think they are mostly playing with the weeds at this point..for some reason their "mommies" just are having a hard time showing them how to eat them!!

note: we do have chicken and duck eggs for sale here at the farm..chicken eggs are $4.00 and Duck eggs are $6.00. Just give us a call..249-9725..to pick some


work days for March will be every Saturday 9:00-noon. I can set up special days during the week for those folks that are unable to do Sat. Please let me know when you plan on being here.

We are about 9 short days to our first veggie pickup of the 2014 season!!!            The first pickup will be Saturday, April 5!! What will we have available that early?? If all goes well we should have radishes, turnips, green onions, green garlic, salad greens, arugula, and a goodly assortment of greens {swiss chard, kale, mustards, bok choi, orach, mizuna, yakina savoy and more}. We may also have beets, carrots, beta greens and bedding plants.maybe not the first week but shortly there after. 

We need your help!! Our goal is to reach 50 memberships this season!! Please sign up if you haven't already!! {huge thanks and blessings to those folks that signed up early!!}. Please talk us up to friends, family, co-workers, etc. We can talk to folks, show them around, and tell them how we grow your food, but it is your enthusiasm that gets them hooked!! If you have folks that are interested, I can set up farm tours anytime now...just need to call first to set up a time. 

So..member sign up for returning members .please go to the website  www.circleagarden.com and sign up!! Look for the box on the left side of the page that says membership actions and click on sign up now!! it will take you to the sign up page. click on returning member..it will ask for your e-mail address and will send you a link to verify you are who you are. Then just follow the directions.

have a mini share looking for a share partner..let me know if you are interested and I will get you her contact info.

For New members..same instructions for returning members except click on new member and follow the directions. For more information about our CSA please read about it under the heading OUR PRODUCTS. If you have any questions or would like a farm tour please feel free to contact us. I can do farm tours anytime now.


Fun happening.. come visit me at the Ouray Fork Fest Saturday April 26. I will be set up in the Ouray school gym with many other producers from 10 am- 5 pm. There will be chefs demonstrating how to prepare wonderful goodies from locally produced food.

note..Veggie pickup will still be here at the farm..Mom and Della will be here..just I am going to ForkFest

Looking forward to a great season!!

All of us at Circle A Garden

 

 

 

 

 

Posted 3/14/2014 8:13pm by Betsy Austin.

Hello everyone!!
Here it is mid-March..the weather most of the time has been wonderful!! We did get a little snow here last week..had about 1/2 inch mud with a good inch of slush..covered with about 1/2 inch of snow. It rained and snowed a good bit of the day then the sun came out and most of it was gone before sundown. Compared to this time last year March has been glorious!! We could use a bit more rain here in the valley and more snow on the high peaks. 

The prop house was full to the brim so I spent much of my day yesterday kicking plants out to the honey-house..this was after our adventures with replacing the door. Note..when you measure the old door remember how big it is when you go to get a new door!! Della very carefully measured before she and Mom went down to Habitat, but managed to get a door that was 6 inches smaller..Sooo..we had to re-frame the doorway to make it fit!! it was all good..we have had a problem with wind catching the door and messing it up..had been wanting to have the door open the other way but couldn't because the door was too wide..now we can. I fertilized and gave the alliums another haircut, fertilized the kohlrabi and pansies, and they are now happy in their new home. Today I filled most of that space I made yesterday up. Pricked up celery and lettuces. Then started broccoli, cauliflower, celeriac, hamburg parsley, nasturtiums, basil, and flats of greens for the community garden. Tomatoes, peppers and eggplant are all up and growing well. This next week is time to start another succession of greens, scallions, and lettuces. I also need to start chitting potatoes.

In the tunnel..well it's starting to look very green in there!! everything is growing in leaps and bounds..they are just lovin' all this sunshine!! the radishes, arugula, and salad greens I planted last week are already up. This next week I will be seeding another succession of arugula, radishes, salad greens, and beta greens. I will be transplanting the last succession of greens and lettuces as well..then the next ones are going outdoors!!

Outdoors..well the snow is all gone and the mud is firming up. This next week we will be starting to plant outdoors. Monday is pea plantin' day!! Anyone who would like to come and help we are starting about 10 am after we get our morning chores done!! The garlic is up and growing well, rhubarb is up, the maples are done blooming,but the willows look like they could start any moment, the apricot buds are showing color, the sun is shining, the birds are singing..I just love spring!!

Updates on our little birdie friends. The geese were not as happy with the snow this winter..not as much of it and not as fluffy and powdery!! They are supposed to mate for life and have been pairing up..we now have a better idea who are girls and who are boys. Miss Piggy is definitely a boy..but somehow Mr. Piggy just doesn't roll off the tongue as well!! Coral..one of the younger girls layed the first egg this morning!! Little duckies are not so little anymore..they are getting down right matronly!! The khaki cambells have been laying all winter. The cayugas started laying some last fall but quit during the winter..unless they are making a nest somewhere out in the garden they haven't started bach up yet. The muscovies started laying last week. Bandit, Della's stalker duck is still stalking her..he starts after my feet and looks very sheepish when he realizes he's got the wrong feet. He is also molting right now..he lost most all his feathers and has been running around in his winter underwear{layer of down under his feathers}. Poor guy..not only does he have a mohawk, huge feet, and a wart on his nose...

note: we do have chicken and duck eggs for sale here at the farm..chicken eggs are $4.00 and Duck eggs are $6.00. Just give us a call..249-9725..to pick some


work days for March will be every Saturday 9:00-noon. I can set up special days during the week for those folks that are unable to do Sat. Please let me know when you plan on being here.

We are about 21 short days to our first veggie pickup of the 2014 season!!!            The first pickup will be Saturday, April 5!! What will we have available that early?? If all goes well we should have radishes, turnips, green onions, green garlic, salad greens, arugula, and a goodly assortment of greens {swiss chard, kale, mustards, bok choi, orach, mizuna, yakina savoy and more}. We may also have beets, carrots, beta greens and bedding plants.maybe not the first week but shortly there after. 

We need your help!! Our goal is to reach 50 memberships this season!! Please sign up if you haven't already!! {huge thanks and blessings to those folks that signed up early!!}. Please talk us up to friends, family, co-workers, etc. We can talk to folks, show them around, and tell them how we grow your food, but it is your enthusiasm that gets them hooked!! If you have folks that are interested, I can set up farm tours anytime now...just need to call first to set up a time. 

So..member sign up for returning members .please go to the website  www.circleagarden.com and sign up!! Look for the box on the left side of the page that says membership actions and click on sign up now!! it will take you to the sign up page. click on returning member..it will ask for your e-mail address and will send you a link to verify you are who you are. Then just follow the directions.

have a mini share looking for a share partner..let me know if you are interested and I will get you her contact info.

For New members..same instructions for returning members except click on new member and follow the directions. For more information about our CSA please read about it under the heading OUR PRODUCTS. If you have any questions or would like a farm tour please feel free to contact us. I can do farm tours anytime now.



Looking forward to a great season!!

All of us at Circle A Garden

 

 

 

 

 

Posted 3/2/2014 6:03pm by Betsy Austin.

Hello everyone!!

Happy March!! Somehow I seem to have lost part of the last couple of weeks..been out in the prop house and the high tunnel playin' with the soil with all my little babies..and all of a sudden it's March!! Most of that time the weather has been beautiful..lots of sunshine..lows mostly high 20's to mid 30's, a couple of 40's. The highs have been anywhere from about low 50's to a couple of days in the low 70's. The lower temps have been the last couple of days when it has been very cloudy and raining!! Got some really nice gentle rains with this storm. So much different from last season!!

In the prop house, things are just popping out the soil and growing like weeds. The alliums got their first haircut and are growing fast. Kohlrabi, parsley, little lettuces are all doing well. Cabbages and artichokes are not quite big enough to prick-up but they should be ready this next week. Got tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant for the high tunnel started..it is so exciting! the first 2 tomatoes of the season popped up this morning!! We also have our ginger presprouting..it got here Thursday and we tucked it into trays and covered it coir. It is on the heat mats warming up..{I keep looking but it hasn't sprouted yet!! since it takes something like at least 4 weeks I may be pushing it a bit!!} 

In the tunnel..well it's filling up rapidly!! I think we have something like 6 of the 10 beds planted so far..the rest are waiting for next successions of goodies. Turnips and beets are getting their second set of leaves..carrots are up!! some of the favas are starting to come up..some I think are just waiting to annoy me!! The greens I planted 2 weeks ago are 3 times the size they were..the new babies I just transplanted this week look SO small in comparison!! let see if I can remember what I planted..hmmm...well..gaillon, 3 types of mustard, bok choi, orach, komatsuma, yakina savoy, red rain, mibuna, 2 types of chinese cabbage, and 8 or so varieties of head lettuce. Also seeded beta greens and salad greens. Next week I will seed the first successions of arugula and radishes. Oh, yeah, I have another tray of kale and one of lettuces, and a few endive and escarole that need to be transplanted as well.

Outdoors..well the snow is pretty much gone..a few spots in the shade left. Mud was just about firmed back up again when the rains came..it's a bit squishy underfoot today, but not like it was a couple weeks ago. Last Sunday we started pruning trees..a couple of our farmer freinds and us are getting together and helping each other with the pruning. We started with ours..what a delightful day it was..a little teaching, a lot of great company, a few laughs, and plenty of sunshine. Today we were going over to Alyssa's to do hers..but we all decided to wait until next week for more sunshine and less mud!! The maple is in full bloom this week..a bit early..buds on the apricots and lilacs are still swelling. The folks up at Buckhorn Gardens saw their first bluebirds of the season this last week before the rain started. 


note: we do have chicken and duck eggs for sale here at the farm..chicken eggs are $4.00 and Duck eggs are $6.00. Just give us a call..249-9725..to pick some


work days for March will be every Saturday 9:00-noon. I can set up special days during the week for those folks that are unable to do Sat. Please let me know when you plan on being here.

We are about 35 short days to our first veggie pickup of the 2014 season. The first pickup will be Saturday, April 5!! What will we have available that early?? If all goes well we should have radishes, turnips, green onions, green garlic, salad greens, arugula, and a goodly assortment of greens {swiss chard, kale, mustards, bok choi, orach, mizuna, yakina savoy and more}. We may also have beets, carrots, beta greens and bedding plants.maybe not the first week but shortly there after. 

We need your help!! Our goal is to reach 50 memberships this season!! Please sign up if you haven't already!! {huge thanks and blessings to those folks that signed up early!!}. Please talk us up to friends, family, co-workers, etc. We can talk to folks, show them around, and tell them how we grow your food, but it is your enthusiasm that gets them hooked!! If you have folks that are interested, it looks like we can start doing farm tours just about anytime now.  

So..member sign up for returning members .please go to the website  www.circleagarden.com and sign up!! Look for the box on the left side of the page that says membership actions and click on sign up now!! it will take you to the sign up page. click on returning member..it will ask for your e-mail address and will send you a link to verify you are who you are. Then just follow the directions.

have a mini share looking for a share partner..let me know if you are interested and I will get you her contact info.

For New members..same instructions for returning members except click on new member and follow the directions. For more information about our CSA please read about it under the heading OUR PRODUCTS. If you have any questions or would like a farm tour please feel free to contact us. I can start doing farm tours fairly soon unless we get a lot more snow here this next month.



Looking forward to a great season!!

All of us at Circle A Garden

 

 

 

 

 

Posted 1/26/2014 6:00pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy New Year everyone!!

Here we are in 2014!! Time marches on..seems like it marches a bit faster each year!! So far this year {all 26 days of it} have been pretty much sunny and fairly warm..for January. Our highs have been ranging in the high 30's early in the month to about mid 40's or warmer the last couple weeks. Our lows have been pretty much in the teens most of the month. What a difference from this time last season when our highs were barely above freezing and our lows were Cold..cold..cold.{11 below was our coldest night last January!!}. While Della, Mom, and I have been thoroughly enjoying all this sunshine, we desperatly need to see some precipitation..Here on the farm it has been over a month since we have seen more than a light skiff of snow and much of our snow cover we got in Dec. is gone. I think the mountains have gotten a bit more than we have, but drought conditions persist in much of Colorado.

2013 was another challenging year for farmers across the nation. Here at Circle A..well some of our challenges were a bit different from 2012. We started the year out with much colder and snowier conditions than we have had for a few years..it warmed up a bit in Febuary..almost all our snow was gone until that last week..then got a good storm and continued to get about a snow storm a week through much of March. Most of our fruit got frosted as it was blooming. April, May, and June were about average for us..not much rain but didn't have the high temperatures that we did in 2012. Our "monsoon" started kicking in during July with heavy thunder showers instead of those nice overnight soaking rains that I like. Many of our summer goodies were not happy with so much moisture all at once..we had tomatoes cracking as we picked them and melons soaking up excess water and cracking before they were even ripe!! At least we had crops to harvest unlike many farmers on the front range who were flooded out!! We had a mild fall..our first frost of the season was later than we were expecting and not as cold as it has been the last few..I think we were mid to high 20 instead of teens to low 20. Our fall greens in the tunnel just loved the weather up until the week before Thankgiving when we had this weird inversion thing going. Cooler temperatures, fog, and little sunshine..then some nice snowfall{we got a good foot here on the farm} and some sub zero temps..8 below was our lowest. By mid December though the inversion was a not so fond memory..the sun shone brightly, temperatures were a bit higher, and unfortunatly the snow fall did not continue. In spite of it all, we had a pretty good season..harvested over 12,000 lbs of produce from our 3 acres!! Down a bit from 2012 but a good bit of the difference came from the lack of fruit and way too many melons that went to our little birdie freinds. Our CSA membership was just about full..we ended the season with 48 members.

Our birdie freinds are doing well. The chickens are a layin', the geese should be old enough to lay come spring, some of the ducks have been laying since fall and the rest should be starting soon. The guineas are just waiting for the real spring to get here. Mom and Della want to get a few more guineas. They also have plans for baby chicks, geese, and ducks from our own birds..They can't wait for spring!!


note: we do have chicken and duck eggs for sale here at the farm..chicken eggs are $4.00 and Duck eggs are $6.00. Just give us a call..249-9725..to pick some up.

After a short break we are getting back into the swing of things. I have been working on seed and supply orders, and garden plans. Most of the seed orders have come in and I am finalizing the garden plans..just have to figure out where to put a few oddball things. We have the high tunnel just about ready to plant..on my calendar I have it written down that I was going to start planting in mid-Feb. again this year, but I am getting antsy and the weather has been great..the beds are just about warm enough now so unless it gets real cold in the next week I am going to go ahead and seed carrots, beets, and favas. I have all sorts of early greens up and growing in the prophouse already..chard, kales, mustards, asian greens. They will be just about big enough to plant in about 2 weeks!! Onions and leeks are seeded in trays but not quite up yet..I am impatient!!
2014 is going to be a great season!! We have found some new things to try..a few new tomatoes {in addition to the 20-30 varieties we already love to grow!!}..I have to admit that one of them I chose because of its name..pink bumblebee..some new varieties of greens..a puple daikon radish, 3 varieties of potatoes to go with the 7 or so we already grow..and we are finally going to try growing ginger{we ran into problems finding seed stock when we wanted to try it before}. We also plan on growing 4 colors of beets, 4 or 5 colors of carrots, about 20 varieties of peppers, I think we are up to about 30  varieties of winter squash, about 20 varieties of melons, 4 colors of turnips, many colors and shapes of radishes, a dozen or so varieties of lettuces, as well as brocolli, cauliflower, cabbage, kohlrabi, parsnips, rutabaga, artichokes, summer squash, peas, favas, green beans, celery and celeriac, sweet potatoes, garlic, leeks, onion, shallots, and many more garden delights!!


work days for January and Feb will be every Saturday 9:00-noon. I can set up special days during the week for those folks that are unable to do Sat. Please let me know when you plan on being here.

Member sign up for 2014 season is up and running. We did have to raise our prices this year..it has been 3 years since we've done that..our costs to grow your food just keep going up.

 
So..member sign up for returning members .please go to the website  www.circleagarden.com and sign up!! Look for the box on the left side of the page that says membership actions and click on sign up now!! it will take you to the sign up page. click on returning member..it will ask for your e-mail address and will send you a link to verify you are who you are. Then just follow the directions.

have a mini share looking for a share partner..let me know if you are interested and I will get you her contact info.

For New members..same instructions for returning members except click on new member and follow the directions. For more information about our CSA please read about it under the heading OUR PRODUCTS. If you have any questions or would like a farm tour please feel free to contact us. I can start doing farm tours fairly soon unless we get a lot more snow here this next month.


We also have several work shares available and our search for interns is on. Any one interested in either a work share or an internship, please contact me for more information.

Looking forward to a great season!!

All of us at Circle A Garden