Archive for February, 2017

Seeds and Other Stuff Ordered

What does anyone need with 1000 corn seeds? Kathy and I have been combing through seed catalogs since they started arriving in late November.  Today we sat down and placed our orders.  We ordered from 6 different companies (I think we have catalogs from 12+).

Only those catalogs we ordered from.

We ordered from Burpee, Gurneys, Farmer Seed and Nursery, Jung Seeds & Plants, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, and Sow True Seeds.  If all goes according to plan this year we will have 20 different kinds of tomatoes 12+ peppers, 11 summer squash and 11 winter squash, 4 kinds of sweet corn, a variety of beets, radishes, turnips and carrots,  Several kinds of lettuce, along with Swiss chard, collards, and mustard greens.  Four kinds of sweet corn that we plan to stagger with 2 or 3 plantings so we have corn for at least 6 weeks.  Green beans, spotted beans, long beans, peas, cucumbers, melons, and more.

In addition to the seeds we ordered a variety of fruit and nut trees to add to the orchard.  This year we also added grapes.  I haven’t pulled the trigger on hops though.  Our perennials production plants and trees are expanded every year.

We still need to get onion sets and potatoes but will likely buy those locally to save on shipping costs, especially the potatoes.  Those things are heavy.

 

Less than a Week Until CSA Day 2017

Kathy planting for the first time in our cold frame.

The weather has been perfect for cleaning up the garden and getting things ready for next year.  We planted the first things on February 12.  Okay, we planted lettuce, mustard and bok choy in the cold frame I built last year but we did get to plant.  This weekend with 70+ weather I tilled the garden.  I think we need to call for service on the tiller though, the tines don’t spin in reverse, I think something slipped or broke.  Glad it is under warranty.  We decided that we needed to add one more strip of garden at the southwest side of the garden closer to the big pine tree and that we should eliminate the grass strip between two of the strips toward the northeast side of the garden like we did in the middle last year.  This allows us to have several rows that

Freshly tilled garden looking to the northwest

are about 12 foot long that run from northeast to southwest instead of just long rows running from the northwest to southeast.  Hopefully the combination works.

 

You can see the new layout here.  We are trying an online garden planner (Grow Veg).  So far I really like it.  Hopefully it will stick around so that we can continue to use it in future years so we can manage our crop rotations.

Freshly tilled garden looking to the north (mostly)

 

This year we plan to have rhubarb, strawberries and asparagus early in the year.  Our first pickup should be in late May.

We think we may have found a source for wholesale plants this year and it looks like they will plant our seed so we will even have the varieties we are hoping for.

 

You can view our CSA member agreement here: GI Acres CSA Member Agreement 2017.  Please return this with your order.

If you want to update your 2016 membership and claim your 2017 membership or if you want to join up today for the 2017 season click HERE!  Below you can see pictures of our 2017 shares.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About GI Acres CSA

GI Acres is located on the western edge of Grand Island, Nebraska. The garden takes up about half of an acre. We also have chickens, rabbits and bees

Our farm is not USDA Certified Organic and we do not anticipate applying for such status. We strive to produce healthy vegetables using natural methods of fertilizing, building soil, and controlling pests such as insects and weeds. Those healthy vegetables will begin in mid to late May with herbs, asparagus, rhubarb and strawberries. During the season you can expect a variety of greens, beans, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, squash, corn and potatoes along with tips about how to cook and preserve your weekly share. The season will conclude in late September or early October. We aim for a 20-week season.

We did not grow up on farms but we did grow up in families with large gardens, eating a variety of fresh produce and canning/freezing the excess. We have maintained the tradition of growing and preserving food for our family for the past 20+ years. GI Acres is our attempt to share that passion for good food with our community.