September 12thSeptember 12, 2011
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Our high-tunnel has skin! Just in time as the weather begins to dip down into the 40′s at night. Our tomatoes will now hopefully last a bit longer with their new house over them. We got it rolling a week ago thanks again to Josh’s dad for all his hard work in getting this put together and up before the frost! It took a bit longer than planned, as things always do, but being that the task was to take a pile of pipe and turn it into a high-tunnel I for one am very impressed. Now for number 2! This high-tunnel will stay over the tomatoes until they are finished. We will then roll it back to its original position over the southern beds where we have begun to seed claytonia, beet greens, and have starts of spinach, chard, lettuce.
We’ve spent the last few dry days planting turnips, radishes and different greens. Our fall broccoli starts are being devoured by earwigs but we hope they will come back once they are put in the ground. We are going to try to experiment with some compost heat for our high-tunnels this winter. We have begun building smaller piles to make compost for our garden beds. This design of compost pile heats up quickly and turns quickly, ideal for making quick rich soil, but not as good for a heat source.
Our rice is ready to harvest. The birds have begun eating the seeds so we are going to hopefully harvest it this afternoon and begin drying it in our barn. We are getting geared up to plan for our paddies next year. Our Kickstarter project should be online by the end of this week and we are hoping to have the construction completed by the end of october if not sooner.
Our chickens are getting bigger and bigger and in about a month they should begin laying which is very exciting. By November we should be bringing eggs to market they won’t be certified organic but we feed them only organic grain, and they eat plenty of bugs, seeds and green things. I am a bit confused as to the gender of some of them, I have 8 that look like roosters but not a single one of them has crowed or acted rooster-like so I’m hopeful that I just have some masculine hens or feminine roosters.