The Midnight Farmer What Farms At Midnight…

In these past couple of weeks, we’ve really leapt on the farming season.  Plans to get into the field earlier were held off by snow and ice —

— but last week’s lovely weather had us spreading tons of mushroom soil.  Once the soil was laid down, we plowed and harrowed, and the soil was prepared for planting.

It’s a rough preparation.  We could do a lot more, but other duties left us cutting corners.  We may pay for it later in the season — weeding is going to be a challenge.  But in the meantime, we could begin putting in our cole crops, right on time.

Yesterday, I planted about 1300 seedlings — “Imperial” and “Gypsy” broccoli, “Platinum Dynasty” cabbage, and “Winterbor” kale.  (This kale is the same variety and greenhouse that gave us the excellent kale of last fall!)  I was impressed how quickly it could go.  The work was done in about 5 and a half hours.

(Want to see a short video of the transplanting?  Check it out at our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Kranz-Hill-Farm-121028901408320/)

Why the midnight bomber?  Well, after getting the seedlings at 3 PM, and going in for dinner and putting the kids to bed, the last seedlings were planted at 12:36 AM, by the dim light of the slender moon.  Why so late?  I usually prefer to transplant before a rain than afterwards, and we anticipated a big rain for much of today.  And so it happened.  Seedlings transplanted and watered in by the rain.

Now we look forward to these crops at the end of May!

2 comments… add one
  • Katherine March 28, 2017, 6:05 pm

    JOHN – the midnight farmer did a great job! I am looking forward to lots of kale for smoothies!

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  • Helen April 30, 2017, 6:36 am

    Great going John. You keep your hand on the plow. A paradigm of peace and hope.

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