Farm photos

May 26, 2015

trellising 2
Tomato trellising.
walking onions
Egyptian walking onions. These beautiful onion bulbs form at the tip of the stalk, fall to the ground with the weight of the bulbs, and then take root. Over the years, they really have “walked” through our herb garden.
week 4 csa
Week 4 CSA box! Green garlic, parsley, fennel, chard, beets, bok choy, and mustard greens.
Bush hog repair
Mower repair.
Fennel 2
Beautiful, big bulbs of fennel.
green tomato
Fruits on the vine.
new queen
Worker bees preparing a queen cell.
Bumble on button
Bumble on button.

May 19, 2016

Fiels of green
Rainglow. So many shades of green popping in the field.
Goumi berries
There’s just a handful of goumi berries this year (due to late frost and competition with the resident mockingbird). But of the few we got, they sure did taste good!
nasturtium flower
Beautiful ‘jewel’ nasturtium.
Lizard
Lizard hanging out in the zinnia beds.
Black rat snake
Not so happy to be disturbed on a cold, rainy day.
Fields of green 2
Evening coming to an end.

May 12, 2016

ladybug on mustard
Ladybug/beetle/bird (coccinellidae!) on mustard flower.
Flower bouquets 2
Flower bouquets on their way to Tuesday market.
swallowtail caterpillar
Swallowtail caterpillar on dill plant. The osmeterium (orange do-dad on the head) is out. This organ releases an odd smell and serves as a warning when the caterpillar is defensive. It retracts when the caterpillar relaxes.
CSA week 2
CSA week 2. Large share: green garlic, Italian dandelion greens, Oriole orange chard, dill, parsley, mixed lettuces, Red Russian kale, golden and chioggia beets, and chamomille.
Bees coming in
Bees coming in from the field.
Bee taking a drink
Taking a long drink from a sage blossom.
baby carrot
Baby atomic red carrot.
T and chamomille
Harvesting chamomille flowers.
Favorite tree
A favorite tree (among many).

May 5, 2016

Little did he know he'd be a flower farmer.
Delphinium, snapdragons, baptisia, bachelor buttons, and one sweet William.
Our first CSA box for the week. Leeks, arugula, chard, mustard greens, salad mix, and chervil.
Our first CSA box for the week. Leeks, arugula, chard, mustard greens, salad mix, and chervil.
Leeks ready for our CSA boxes. We're still trying to get our timing right to grow big leeks before they flower in the spring.
Leeks ready for our CSA boxes. We’re still trying to get our timing right to grow big leeks before they flower in the spring.
The beets are loving all the rain.
The beets are loving all the rain.
Floxglove (digitalis purpurea). Second year blooms. Way taller than the blooms last year.
Floxglove (digitalis purpurea). Second year blooms. Way taller than the blooms last year.
Bee on poppy
Honeybee covered in grey-green poppy pollen.

 

Newbees on the comb. A little bit of everything going on: capped honey, nectar, larva, and capped brood (future bees!).
Newbees on the comb. A little bit of everything going on: capped honey, nectar, larva, and capped brood (future bees!).
The chard grew several inches this week! Grab a big, beautiful bunch at market on Saturday.
The chard grew several inches this week! Grab a big, beautiful bunch at market on Saturday.

April 28, 2015

Epazote
Epazote. A unique annual herb often used in Mexican and Guatemalan recipes and bean dishes. A divisive flavor (like cilantro) described as piney, eucalyptus, or a combination of cilantro, oregano, and savory.
Lovage
Lovage. Nothin’ not to love about this perennial. Tender stems with strong celery-flavor. Flowers, seeds, and stems are all edible and can be used fresh or dry.
Transplanting toms
Tomato planting.
Carpenter bee pollen
A mix of pollen and sawdust from a carpenter bee tunnel.
Shirley poppy
Shirley poppy.
Fennel 2
Grow fennel, grow!
Seed ginger
Trays of ginger and turmeric just got moved into the greenhouse.
Tulip poplar
Tulip poplar, a major source of spring nectar, in bloom.

April 21, 2016

Beautiful salad. A mix of organic lettuce mix and freedom mix (10 varieties created by Frank Morton and specifically intended for the public to use and share, while stipulating that nothing derived from it can be patented or restricted to others in any way) from Fedco Seeds.
Lots of beautiful lactuca sativa. A mix of organic lettuce mix and freedom mix from Fedco Seeds.
A good friend flies across the country to work on the farm for free.
Cautionary tale. Even if you fly across the country to visit, you will be put to work!
W harvesting flowers
Will harvesting statice and dianthus.
W shadecloth
Setting up shadecloth behind the greenhouse.
Double time clover
All are welcome.

 

April 14, 2016

Rockfish Valley, Virginia. A great place to camp, birdwatch, and drink beer. Also the site of devastation from Hurricane Camille in 1969, when more than 25 inches of rain fell in 24 hours, scouring the valley and causing lots of destruction. Hard to imagine on such a pretty day.
Rockfish Valley, Virginia. A great place to camp, birdwatch, drink beer, and buy fruit trees. Also the site of devastation from Hurricane Camille in 1969, when more than 25 inches of rain fell in 24 hours, scouring the valley and taking people and homes with it. Hard to imagine so much destruction on such a pretty day.
Edible Landscaping
Edible Landscaping in Afton, VA. Home to thousands of unique fruit trees, shrubs, cane fruits, and herbs. On Monday we picked up dozens of pawpaws, Asian pears, Asian persimmons, and sour cherries from them. The start to our fruit orchard.
Edible Landscaping 2
Lining up the pawpaws to take home.
T and trees
How many fruit trees can fit in an Econoline? Bring it on!
W harvesting arugula
Buckets o’ greens. Will harvesting mustards.
capped brood
Workers bees capping brood. This is a great sign for a new hive. It means the queen has started to lay eggs and the colony will soon have thousands of new bees.

 

 

 

April 7, 2016

poppy
Meet Shirley. Shirley Poppy. Part cupcake wrapper, part Flamenco skirt. She’s a ruffly lady indeed and the only one in our patch to bloom so far. We wish there were more!
Poteat
Sunny day in Cedar Grove. If the Austrian winter peas on the left weren’t looking so lush, it’d be hard to guess if it was spring or fall.
mustard under cover
A good surprise under the row cover!
harvesting mustards
Oh yeah, spice is back. We’ll have baby mustard greens and arugula at market.
keep it covered
With another cold night still in the forecast, we’re keeping all of the spring crops under cover.
fennel in the field
Little fennel transplanted to the field last week. Stay warm and upright!
Flame azaleas
A sweet little woodland surprise. Flame azaleas not fazed by the frost.

March 31, 2016

 

T and new bees
New bees clustering on the inner cover of a hive box.
Will harvesting anemones
Will harvesting anemones.
Roof and all
Our new wash shed is built! This week we put on the green metal roofing, the final step for the structure.
Wash station interior
Inside the wash shed. We have so much more space to work with than in our old tarp between the trees.  We hope to continue to upgrade our washing system to be more efficient.
Cedar apple rust
Cedar apple rust, a fungus. As seen here, Eastern red cedar is the primary host. But spores can spread to apple and crabapple trees. We need to be aware of any cedar trees near the area of our future orchard because the infection of apples can be damaging.
kitchen shadow
Shadow from the kitchen window.

March 24, 2016

Escarole.
Escarole: salad or sautee? We like it both ways! But it is really good lightly sauteed with garlic and red pepper.
bombylius major
Bee fly (bombylius major). Looks more like a bat bee to me. And zinnia just emerged.
statice in hh
An experiment of over-wintering flowers: statice in the caterpillar tunnel. We planted it in the fall, now it is tall and sending up blooms, a few months earlier than we’re used to having it.
potting up tomatoes 2
Potting up tomato transplants.
potting up tomatoes
More tomato plants!
baby turtle
Baby box turtle! Found in the field as we prepared to plant arugula.