It’s finally time to get our figs in the ground. In considering how to best use our high tunnel, we’ve long thought figs would be our chosen crop. Today we got the first three in, planting them after the oat crop (a cover crop that also yields a useful nervine tonic medicine in its “milky oat” tops.) Focusing on perennial crops means less upkeep, less digging, fewer pests and no short cropping cycles. We’re not market gardeners, although we grow a lot of food. What we want most out of our high tunnel is something we couldn’t grow without it.
Most edible figs are only hardy to zone 7, and being in 6b we wanted to push our zone limits. Having read about Roman fig pits (a 2 foot cubic lined pit to constrict root expansion), I thought our soils would be ideal for figs.
Heat loving and needing neither lots of water nor high amounts of fertility, figs are a winner. The first 3 are Negronne (aka Brunswick), Panache Tiger and Magnolia. More varieties to come ☺️✨✨🌿
Let this go down in Rooted Farmstead history as be the first bouquet I ever hand-tied using only flowers grown on our little farm.
Let this be the bouquet that pops up in my Memories each year and I share saying something like "Wow look how far I've come since then!" or "omg can you believe I used a super market twist tie?!" But that's for future me to be critical about. Today, I'm super proud!
There's finally enough blooming to start teaching myself. So every day I'll snip a few more flowers and watch a few more YouTube videos and see what happens 🤷
#CharlesWhite #peonies : itty-bitty bud, blow-out boom!
Meanwhile in our #hightunnel we are growing all kinds of food for our own use (not commercially). Living in #BushAlaska , 40 miles from the nearest road, bringing in food gets expressive, and the quality is low by the time it gets here. So we grow much of our fruits and vegetables and hunt for almost all of our meat. The chickens also keep us fresh on eggs. Currently we have 3 high tunnels like the one in the second pic.
Our new high tunnel is complete. Unlike our larger tunnels, this one is completely enclosed. Even when the plastic sides are rolled up for ventilation it has a layer of screen to keep the bugs out. This summer it is home to peppers and mini eggplant. Peppers are prone to attack by two pests: pepper maggots and rodents. With this new enclosed tunnel we hope to keep the pests out so we can harvest more fully ripe red and orange peppers.
2 days ago
Upgrading the #hightunnel with some folding seedling benches.
Hard to believe that in just a few short months we went from the first picture to this. (Swipe left)
This is been one crazy adventure this year but seeing these two pictures together remind as of the progress we’ve made and the hope we have for the rest of the season! It’s amazing to see cucumbers, tomatoes and peppers doing so well on what has been a very hard year for farmers everywhere! This absolutely would not have been possible without everyone’s support and without creative innovators like @bootstrapfarmer
We’re so excited about the rest of the season and grateful to show our progress to all of you guys!
#haresandharrowsfarmstead #bootstrapfarmer #hightunnel #tomatoes #peppers #cucumber #regenerativeagriculture #farming
If you plant it, they will grow.
Well with mixing, seeding, packing, tiling, raking, weeding, mulching, composting, pruning, stringing, yada yada yada. But yes, with all those things they will indeed grow (sometimes 😉)!
When I'm in the mood to snap pictures milkweed is my go to plant. First day of bloom and its swarming with life and the 🐜🐜 ants seem to be the only ones not bothered by the rain. Can't wait until the weather permits my beautiful flying friends to come out and enjoy their favorite food 🐛🦋🐛🦋💮💮💮 Fun fact: the milk in the plant is poisonous and can cause skin irritation and can be quite painful if one some how gets it into their eyes. The Caterpillar's and butterfly's use this milk to make themselves taste nasty to predators.
Keep the weeds and protect our pollinators!
#milkweed #butterfly #flower #mountains #rain #summer #garden #pollinators #friends #country #farm #homestead #greenhouse #hightunnel
5 days ago
With our herbs we have been making tea every week! This batch has lemon balm, mint, and 3 types of sage. In a large pot of water, we add in herbs, bring to a boil, lower the heat, let it steep a bit, then turn the stove off completely and have it steep a little more. How strong you want it to be is your indicator for how many herbs and how long to steep. #grazingmeadowsfarm #tea #herbs
The cucumbers and tomatoes in the high tunnel. It always seemed magic to see tomatoes grown with the lower and lean system. Tomatoes plants grown so tall they outgrew a 10ft + trellis. While we might not be there yet, it is amazing to see many 5ft + plants already. Still waiting on some ripe tomatoes though. That should come next week though.
#tomatoes #divacucumbers #hightunnel #polytunnel #hoophouse #growwhatyoueat