Screens – they are a seed saver’s best friends. And they can be pretty easy to make. These screens are made with ¼” hardware cloth sandwiched between pieces of 1×2. The frames have the same dimensions as the rubbermaid bin. That isn’t an accident. If you’re going to make your own seed screens, start by … More Screens – A Seed Saver’s Best Friend
Imagine if you only had to enter data once into your spreadsheets? Could there be an end to the endless copy/pasting? The 3 cornerstones of The Farmer Spreadsheet Academy will give you tools to create dynamic spreadsheets without that endless copy pasting. The basics are easier than you think! I’ll be posting more about the … More Enter Data Once In Your Farm Spreadsheets
There was a point in our garlic harvest days when we realized that it took us just as long to hang up the garlic to cure as it did to harvest that garlic. And that was way too long! We found this out one summer when we tracked every task associated with the 3 crops … More How Our Season Review Reduced Our Garlic Workload
Dill and Cilantro just want to go to the seed. But does that make them great candidates for #seedsavingformarketgrowers? For a home garden – I think it’s a definite YES (Unless they’ve already self seeded so effectively that you never have to buy or save seed again!) I have a few reservations recommending saving Dill … More Dill and Cilantro just want to go to the seed.
A few years ago we quit growing potatoes at Tourne-Sol farm. Though there is nothing like freshly dug potatoes, we didn’t have reliable yields. We could get anywhere from 1lb a bedfoot to 4lbs a bedfoot. At 4lbs/bedfoot, potatoes definitely made sense for our farm. It was a lot of lifting but what bounty! At … More When We Quit Growing Potatoes
These are the days of bins taking over the seed office. Bins full of threshed seed – mostly clean seed – that we want to keep safe from mice and accidents. Bins of seed waiting on a germination test before moving to the bulk storage room. Bins that take a lot of place in this … More The days of bins taking over the seed office
“Let me out of here!” said the radish seed in the germ chamber. These were started Thursday and then ignored until Tuesday. This seed lot looks fine.
And so it’s time for the big questions. You’ve reviewed the farm and the sales and the clients. Now it is time to review YOU. Jonathan Bruderlein is next week’s Season Review Guide. And he’s here to make sure you take a moment to think about what you personally want from your life growing and … More Review your Farm Quality Of Life
I was going to write up Celosia seed for #seedsavingformarketgrowers but then I realised I wasn’t sure how much Celosia crosses with other Celosia. I’ve been growing the same mixed up population for years and years. So I don’t know whether I’m seeing new crosses or just the same old crosses doing their thing. I … More Are Celosias Crossers?
Does it matter how much you can grow if you can’t sell it all? If you’re trying to make a living from your farm then you probably want to sell most of your crops. But I bet you didn’t choose to start farming because you wanted to be out there selling your product. That your … More Does it matter how much you can grow if you can’t sell it all?