Farming Notes

These are notes for me to look at next Spring.  I’m not sure if they’ll have value to anyone else.

There was a light frost today.  It wasn’t in the forecast.  Last year we had a heavy frost around May 20th.  Something to keep in mind for planting times.

Speaking of planting.  There are 36 new raspberry starts in the ground.  I’m aiming for a total of 100 plants (or more), the rest to come next Spring.

Two new blackberry starts, they don’t look good.  I pulled up what I thought were two dead blackberry plants from last year only to find there were live roots.  Back into the ground they went.  That makes 4.  The goal is 50.  We’ll see what is alive next Spring and go from there.


About six Chardonnays look alive.  Five Concords as well.  I think four of the Muscadines survived.

The surprise is the Marionberry starts that I brought from California.  All three starts have new growth.  This will be something I increase from cuttings.  Goal will be 50 plants eventually.  I need to learn about cloning and if it would be viable.

Onions are in the ground.  I don’t know how many–over 200 starts.  They’re Walla Walla Sweets.  Note to self: get some white onions at the store and see if you can get them to seed.

The Baker Creek seeds have been a mixed bag.  The pear tomato seeds have done poorly.  I’m guessing one out of five of my peat pots has something growing in it.  This was two packages worth.  I’ll try another package and see how it goes.

I have growth in the alpine strawberry pots.  Not enough to tell if they’re strawberries or something else.

Planting goals this week:

  1. Mung Beans
  2. Mangelwurzen
  3. Hayayuki Rice
  4. Rye
  5. Alfalfa
  6. Crimson and Yellow Clovers


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