Change in work for the year
After much thoughtful evaluation, I have decided to postpone starting my CSA until 2024. I will be selling my pork, flowers, veggies, and fruits at the Hillsboro Farmers Market starting May 20. See you there!
Forming a CSA
A CSA membership allows you to get to know your farmer and the other members. In this form of CSA, you can come to the garden anytime, 24/7 to nibble on ripe fruit or veggies, pick some flowers, or just enjoy the smells and sensations of being in the beautiful outdoors. If you love a garden, but don’t have time to tend one, this is a perfect way to have your cake and eat it too. This week only, to mark CSA week nation-wide, save 25% on the season’s cost.
Getting ready for the season!
This is Crimson Clover
The day I move my pigs, I throw out some seed. The pigs’ feet throw dirt over the seeds. The plants emerge in the fall, but over winter and start growing again in the spring. I am hoping these will seed themselves this year, and add diversity to the field.
Using Permaculture design principles, I am trying to develop a source of winter feed so that the animals will help themselves, omitting the need to have large amounts of hay put up in a barn. Bamboo may fill that need. Bamboo stays green all winter in our Zone 6.
We ended last year with luffa scouring pads and plenty of seeds. If you would like some, use the contact page. The seeds are free. You would only need a half dozen seeds to grow enough for your neighborhood. In addition the small squash( about one inch thick) make a terrific summer squash for sides and salads.
This year's experiment- luffa
We are raising luffa this year. This is a natural way to have a scrubbing sponge without using plastic. The squash grows, gets skinned, the seeds removed, then the core is rinsed and dried. The result can be used for cleanng anything...including your body!
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Well, I was not able to devise a system for keeping the Remay on. So it was a failure, at least for last year. I will try again. This growing season, I am using it as a trellis. Peas anyone? Yes, they are purple!
This year's pigs have arrived.
These little guys all have names now and are loving being outside. This is the Berkshire breed, well known for their quality.