Thursday's exciting news was that we finally got the hot water system finished, the automatic irrigation finished and actually caught up on seeding in the greenhouse (almost). On the heat table now are lettuces, onions, shallots and soon we'll seed leeks.
Not only did we manage to get seeds started in the new space, but I went out to the field and dug around a little in the fava bed that was seeded a couple of weeks ago. I was worried that the seed had all rotted. I think it had just been so dry and cold that it was just sitting though and I pretty much immediately unearthed a very nice looking germinated seed, almost ready to pop out of the ground. Soon, soon there will be crops up in the field!
Tuesday, between rain showers and working on setting up the greenhouse Louis managed to spread three of the four fields with lime. The fields are very acidic from having previously been in blueberries, and typical of Western Oregon soils, they are low in calcium. The lime should help, and we'll continue to lime until the pH comes up, and the calcium levels come up as well. We can't put too much on all at once though, the soil won't be able to handle it, so we'll dole it out over the next few years.
Josh Volk, head seed sower