11/06/14 -- The first two things to go on the property were a mini greenhouse and a shade canopy, which also protects from rain. I erected the greenhouse with the the hope of moving the micro green operation from my home to the farm. They are delicate little plants, and cannot be left outdoors when temperatures fall below 40-50 degrees. The shade canopy serves as a basic temporary farm-center for storing tools and packing orders. I took advantage of the shade and wind-break of the tree, which is located near the center of the acre.
11/25-27/14 -- Around Thankgiving, I used my BCS 853 walking tractor and a Rinaldi Power Harrow attachment to make my first two beds. The first one is 60 feet long, with three rows of lettuce transplants started six weeks earlier. I have a rotary plow attachment to help in digging a furrow for the paths on either side of the bed, but I do not have it set up yet. I used a shovel to hand-dig out the paths, and threw the dirt up onto the bed, to build up the soil where the crops will be growing. Once the dirt was mounded up between the paths, I ran the harrow over it once more to level and shape it. The harrow is 30 inches wide, and prepares a ready-to-seed bed in just one pass.
The second bed is 75 feet long, and was direct seeded with three rows of spinach. For direct seeding, I used an Earthway seeder, which opens the ground, drops the seed, and closes it back up again in one pass. Together with the power harrow, which prepares a perfect seed-bed, I can prepare a bed from bare ground and have it seeded in less than two hours. Once I get the rotary plow hooked up, it will take significantly less time.
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