vegetable farmers plant trees and keep bees

This week felt like the first full week of vegetable crop production here at the farm. 

hardening off

hardening off

Early in the week we set out a bunch of plants from the greenhouse to harden them off.  Hardening off is a nice transition stage where we set the vegetable trays outside for the day to make it easier for them to move fully out of the greenhouse and into the ground.    It’s always so exciting to see the little baby plants outside, getting their first full days of fresh air and sunlight. 

Danya and I had a full day of direct seeding on Thursday.  Direct seeding is when we put seeds directly into the ground, rather than starting them off in the greenhouse.  After the beds were prepared (plowing, tilling, fertilizing, spreading manure, tilling again, then marking the rows), we planted lettuces, spinach, mixed asian greens, carrots, beets, dill, cilantro, and peas. 

Tuck them in underneath a covering of remay, which basically is a nice blanket that protects the young seed growth from too much cold and insect infestations, hope for rain, cross my fingers, and soon enough there should be some vegetables growing in the ground. 

By the end of the week, we were able to transplant the plants that had been hardening off all week:  spinach, chard, and a variety of lettuces.  In the ground, growing as we speak. 

I also got to plant some fruit trees. 

Planting trees is one of my most favorite things. 

What a sublime feeling of investing in the future. 

Apples, pears, peaches, cherries, mulberries…

I may never be here to reap the fruit, but someone will. 

the new arrivals

the new arrivals

Apparently, a week can’t go by here at the farm without some newcomers.  First the chicks, then the ducks, then the baby goats… can you guess what’s next.

Bees. 

Amazing. 

The bees are a side project of Danya’s and her dear friend Grace.  They’ve been going to bee class throughout the winter to learn how to be bee keepers.  They have the fancy netted hats and everything. 

The bees arrived Tuesday. Ten thousand of them.  All in a box.  With a queen.  Who was in her own special box inside the bigger box. 

Danya and Grace assisted the bees in finding their way into the hive box that they put together, gave them some sugar water, and let them be for the evening. 

box o' bees

box o' bees

installing

installing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sure enough, by the next day, the bees were finding their way in and out of the box, buzzing around the field, pollinating dandelions… doing their bee thing. 

I can’t wait to learn more about them and witness them doing what they do, cause it really is amazing. 

We’ll end with a bee statistic:

Did you know that it takes five hundred bees, pollinating two million flowers to make one pounds of honey?  (By the way, Danya and Grace are currently taking care of 10,000 bees). 

Now you know.  

a new farm friend

a new farm friend

the beekeepers

the beekeepers

 

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One Response to “vegetable farmers plant trees and keep bees”

  1. heygracie Says:

    *to make ONE pound of honey, actually. even crazier!! tomorrow, we’ll check on the queen and make sure it’s all good in there. thanks for documenting, laura!

    -grace

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