Rain day

Planting continues here at Oak Hill Farms. The vegetable patch is just over 5000 square feet, and just over half of that space is now seed-ready. Since this area has been pasture/hay land for the past several decades, removing the sod and weeds is the biggest current project. We started…

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Bugs are good!

Long-time gardeners here are skeptical about the ability to grow tomatoes without chemicals. Take one family member, who will remain nameless here. Let’s call him Bob. Bob plans on following his usual routine of using Sevin dust regularly to eliminate tomato hornworms. Sevin is a wide-range insecticide that kills many…

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A word on permaculture

We aren’t organic growers. That isn’t because we don’t appreciate organically grown food, but because the process of becoming a certified organic farm is lengthy and expensive. We may be certified one day, but for now we are focusing on growing plants without inputs of industrial fertilizers or artificial chemical…

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Veggies for 2010

Here is a partial list of the veggies on tap for this year: Arugula (Roquette)Basil (Genovese)Beans, bush ‘Magpie’Beans, bush ‘Blue Lake’Beets, gold ‘Yellow Intermediate Mangel’Beets, red Bull’s BloodBroccoli CalabreseBroccoli raab (Sessantina Grossa)Cabbage, Chinese ‘China Choy’Carrots ‘Nectar’Carrots ‘Sc. Keeper’Celery ‘Red Stalk’Corn, BroomCorn, Pop ‘Dakota Black’Corn, Sweet ‘Stowells’Cucumbers ‘North Pickling’Dill ‘Mammoth’Gourds, DipperGourds,…

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