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.