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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Praying Mantis

Today my mom came upon a awesome discovery, a ton of tiny little baby praying mantis.  They are the cutest little things I have ever seen.  They looked just like adult praying mantis but they were about the size of an ant, and they were all over the place.  Of course I right away ran to get my camera.


A whole bunch of praying mantis nymphs


Some of the pictures that I zoomed in more with the camera make it hard to tell just how small these little guys are, but this picture may give you some idea of just how tiny they are.


The praying mantis ootheca (egg case), with little praying mantis nymphs emerging from it. 


Close up of one of the little praying mantis

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Potatoes

So yesterday we just planted our potatoes and sweet potatoes.  We planted 2 varieties of sweet potatoes (Beauregard orange Sweet Potatoes and White O'Henery Sweet Potatoes), and 11 varieties of regular potatoes.  One thing is for sure we should have a lot of potatoes this year, and a large variety of them.  Here are all the varieties we should have this year:

Mountain Rose - Red inside and out (Grew last year)
Red Pontiac - Red outside white inside
Superior - White inside and out
Irish Cobbler - White inside and out (Grew last year)
Yukon Gold - Yellow inside and out (Grew last year)
Blue Potatoes - Blue inside and out (Grew last year)

Fingerlings:
French Fingerling - Pink on outside and Yellow on inside
Austrian Crescent - Yellow inside and out
Red Thumb - Red inside and out
Purple Peruvian - Blue (Purple) inside and out
Rose Finn Apple - Pink outside and Yellow inside

I am really excited to be able to offer a mix of fingerlings this year.  All together we planted almost 6 rows of potatoes, which is over twice what we did last year.  There should be a lot of potatoes!


I just thought these two looked so pretty together that I just had to take a picture.  Red Thumb Fingerling Seed Potatoes and Purple Peruvian Fingerling Seed Potatoes.


Rows of potatoes all ready trenched and planted.
 


Thursday, May 16, 2013

New Markets This Year!

Just wanted to do a quick post to let everyone know that we will be adding two new markets this year.

Brunswick Farmers Market
Sundays, Noon to 4p.m.
Starting June 16th
Located at Brunswick Heritage Farm

4613 Laurel Road, Brunswick, Ohio

Akron General Farmers Market
Tuesdays, 3p.m.- 6p.m.
June 18th - September 24
Located in the parking lot at the west side of the Akron General Health & Wellness Center
4125 Medina Road, Akron, Ohio


Of course we will still be selling at Valley City Farmers Market on Saturdays starting June 8th.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Red Wiggler Worms

 
So I now have red wiggler worms, around 2,000 actually.  I have been using earthworm castings as fertilizer and have had some really great results.  So it got me thinking, and I did some research online.  Turns out that red wiggler worms are suppose to poop about half their body weight per day.  Which means that since I have about 2 lbs. of worms I should be getting about a pound of castings per day.  Which sounds pretty good to me.  So I went out and bought some large containers filled it with shredded paper, shredded cardboard, some vegetable, fruit scraps, and other food scraps, and ordered the worms.

I read a lot about it before I actually bought everything and ordered the worms, but there was one thing that I did not happen to read until after I had gotten the worms and added them to their new home.  Apparently some of the worms need a little training.  I thought they would like their new home and not decide to run away, or I should say crawl away.  Most of the worms stayed down inside the bin fine, but a large group of them must have thought they could find a better place to live and kept trying to get away.  It has been about a week now and they seem to be settling a little better now.  Who would have thought that worms need to be trained?

Right now I just have the red wigglers but I am also planning on getting some nightcrawlers (hopefully soon).  I am working on setting up more bins, and looking to purchase some the nightcrawlers.  This year I plan on selling my red worms and night crawlers for fishing, and will be sure to post when they are available for purchase.




Tuesday, May 7, 2013

More Pictures

Here is a picture of my light set ups in my basement.  I still have a lot of plants in my basement that I am slowly trying to get outside and use to their environment.
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The inside of my my hoop-house, which is currently covered with a shade fabric to bring down the temperature during the day, and also to provide the plants that are not yet 100% use to the sun the chance to get accustomed to the outdoors.

 

This is about half of my greens plants, that will be going into the ground hopefully next week.  I have many different varieties of kale, mustard greens, collards, and swiss chard.

 

This is one of my flats of basil plants (I have 2 1/2 flats), just before I transplanted them into pots.  I will have about 12 different varieties of basil available this year at the market.  Some of the different varieties include lemon basil, cinnamon basil, anise basil, licorice basil, blue spice basil, and sweet basil.