Cold Snap and Tomato Dreams

 The field of rye and vetch radiating in the late afternoon is a reminder to stop and appreciate the beauty of everyday.

The field of rye and vetch radiating in the late afternoon is a reminder to stop and appreciate the beauty of everyday.

Good morning! 

Brr! It's damp and freezing out there. The latest storm has brought with it some cold air, we dropped down to 23 degrees on Saturday morning and it looks like the next couple days stay pretty unsettled. The forecast shows a low of 17 on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning. That is COLD... so we will be adding a second layer of row cover to everything for extra warmth.  We have been able to keep the starts in the prop house above freezing but not without a little worry and concern. The many brassicas we seeded last week should be up at any moment... I keep checking them with excitement, trying to coax them to wake up and pop through the soil. Any day now.

I'm happy to report that we have finalized the CSA pickup location for the 2017 Season! The Town of Telluride approved our Spruce Park Vending Application last week and starting in June we will host the CSA pickup and have a small market stand set up in Spruce Park (next to The Butcher and The Baker) every Wednesdays from 11-2pm. Yay! It feels good to have the go-ahead on this so we can focus on seeding and planting! 

 Oregon Giant Snow Peas are growing quickly in the high tunnel.

Oregon Giant Snow Peas are growing quickly in the high tunnel.

The snow peas are starting to show off in the high tunnel and may need a trellis before long! I weeded these a couple days ago and started thinking, if all goes well they should be producing peas for the first CSA Harvest, which is only 9 weeks away! I'm anxious to start seeding greens and roots in the field, but its currently a little too wet for that. Hopefully later in the week we'll have a dry enough window?

Who's dreaming of warm summer days and the taste of tomatoes? I am! I gathered the pots, trays and soil yesterday morning and have started repotting the tomatoes. They are getting a little large for the small cells they're currently in and are ready for more growing room. Perfect activity to do inside while the weather has temporarily halted many of our outdoor projects, and motivation!

 Tomato dreams... 

Tomato dreams... 

Oooo, earlier this week I started reorganizing the barn! Oh my goodness, I love being organized but it takes a lot of work and time. I'm trying to find a place for everything and get us in the habit of putting things away (always always) so next time we need a particular tool, it's located right where it's supposed to be and doesn't take 30 minutes to track down. If there's one thing my Dad taught me, it's to have your tools clean and organized. 

One of our many projects at the moment is installing the Game Fence. The first round of fence materials were delivered this weekend and the rest are coming on Friday. We are fencing the whole 12 acres, which sounds a little daunting to me, but luckily Mike has some fence building experience and is heading up this project. We have started taking down the old fence in preparation... there will be fence updates and photos coming your way soon! 

 Beets are up! 

Beets are up! 

Moveable Tunnel construction is my department. I have decided on a final design (I think) and have most of the parts ordered. We need to make a quick trip to Home Depot to stock up on more pipe, lumber and drill bits. Then it's go time... I think the first one may take a little work to figure out but then the second and hopefully third should come together smoothly. Fingers crossed. 

OK, I'm off to build a fire and repot tomatoes!