Sunday, June 29, 2014

A long overdue update

I guess spring was busy, because all of a sudden it's summer.  For those interested, here is a photo montage of what's been happening at Petals & Sprigs.

 Spring arrived a little late, and May started out like this:
My unplowed field.
I started thousands of little plants in our kitchen, and they lived in our backyard until the field was ready.
Little baby cilantro plants, nearly as impatient as I was.
Beds slowly got made, plants slowly started to go in the ground by the middle of May.
Sweet peas on their first day in the ground.
At first there were a lot of hand tools involved, eventually a walk-behind tractor joined the farm and my life got a little bit easier.
Broadforking to loosen up the soil.

Raking out weed clumps.

Hand tools and transplants.  The title of my first country album I think...
It slowly started to look like a farm by June.
Finally getting there.
And then it very quickly looked like a farm.  Spring is like falling down a hill, everything starts picking up speed and spinning a bit.
Lots of crops, quite a few weeds too!
I started selling at the Uptown Waterloo Farmer's and Crafter's Market on Thursday afternoons, where I get to talk to some awesome people.  I had some fresh herbs ready by the beginning of June, and quite a few plants to sell.
Fancy market display.
And finally by the end of June I had some flowers to sell too!
Trying to bring posies back in fashion.  Tiny bouquets are where it's at!
It's been a long and tiring spring, full of learning and challenges, but I'm so proud of what I've accomplished so far.
Dawn.  The best time to water, and take pictures.

Hopefully I'll do a better job documenting things from now on.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Why no one's coming to dinner

It's cold and rainy, I have nothing new to report other than the slow and inexorable advance of trays in my kitchen.

Mom look! I even swept the floor before taking this picture!
With less and less kitchen I've been more and more reluctant to have anyone over to our house.  I'm sure all our friends know what our house looks like, but wanting to eat here is maybe another matter.

Slowly losing floorspace
There are 9 more flats in the greenhouse, 2 in our bedroom, and I need to seed 4 more this weekend.  It's getting a little out of hand.  Fingers crossed I'll be able to put some out in the field soon.  Good thing I always have help with my all farming projects:

Farm dog Kaiser

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Filling the little greenhouse

Bad photo, exciting development!

It must be spring!  Well almost, these trays are still coming in the house at night since it's been below freezing.  Hopefully I can get those sweet peas in the ground  soon because they are getting too tall for their pots.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Backyard Greenhouse

It's up, plastic on, just waiting for me to feel comfortable with the overnight temperatures, before I put in some plants.

Needs plants.
 I am so excited to get some floor space back in my kitchen.
Thing of beauty.
 Thanks to my Mom for her investment!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Dance of the seed trays

I had hoped to have some of my seedlings in my new tiny backyard greenhouse by now, but then this happened:

Can you see the icicle on my bird feeder?

It often snows in April here in Ontario, but it is always surprising.  I didn't get the plastic cover on and secured before the grass disappeared again.   So instead of giving my kitchen/greenhouse a break, I am chasing the sun around the floor of our house; with trays of seeds that need light to germinate, and sweet peas that are getting a bit leggy.

Hope no one steps on them...
That snow needs to melt.  ASAP.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Kitchen/Greenhouse

Did a spaceship land in my kitchen?
 Since it's my first year, I don't have a greenhouse to start my seeds in.  Actually I don't have much of anything at all, so I improvise.  Right now all the trays of herbs- and flowers-to-be are living in out kitchen, formerly home to a table.
Who needs a kitchen table anyway?
I scavenged a metal rack from out basement (formerly home to some organization), and hung florescent lights from the shelves.  Everything is wrapped up snugly with a couple hypothermia blankets and tin foil to reflect light and keep them warm overnight.

Things are going surprisingly well so far, although it's taking a lot of effort to keep the humidity high enough, but prevent mold from growing on the soil surface.  I have been waking up at night and running downstairs to check on things.  Still, there have been signs of life.  In between late night visits, I dream of having my own greenhouse one day.

Which I would also wake up to check on.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Start of a Farm

This (terribly exciting) photo represents the first little green shoots of my farm-to-be.  They currently live in my kitchen, until enough snow melts that beds can be made for them outside, and they can become stock flowers in a couple months.

So it's not much to look at... I'm still excited!