Counting down to our first harvest next week our class decided to practice harvesting and put a CSA bag together. Each of us in the class contributed a crop or two to the “pretend” CSA bag and it turned out to be a thing of beauty. Now let me just set the expectation that my… Read more
One of my goals in AgSchool is to grow my plants with as little application of fertilizers and chemical pesticides as possible. I wanted to see how they would do with the bare minimum. So far, the front runners are the radish daikon hybrid, indigo tomato, snow peas, hot peppers, and Chinese cabbage. They are… Read more
Thursdays are GoFarm AgSchool lecture night in the classroom. But we always make time to inspect our plot right before class. And tonight I am happy to report that the Hybrid Radish Daikon and the Snow Peas I planted on Saturday have sprouted! I am once again a very proud parent.
Today’s theme it seems is problem solving. As I walk around my plot to do my field observation ritual, I noticed the ants crawling on my beans and around the Chinese cabbage. Ants pose a big problem to crops because they bring aphids, which feed on the plants. We found the ant mound and used… Read more
I have never been more excited to come to class when I noticed that my beans have sprouted! However, some did not make it. I suspect birds were able to get to their cotyledons.
I came back to my plot see how the my crops are doing only to find out that the beans have not yet sprouted and the snow peas are yellow with reddish spots on their leaves. The rest of the feild had weeds for me to pull and the pesky nutsedge were back in the… Read more
Birds are helpful in the farm because they eat bugs which harm the crops. But they also eat seeds that you plant in the ground. One way to prevent bird damage is to use flash tape in the area where you just seeded. Flash tape is a non-sticky reflective tape which you drape across… Read more
We picked the Gita and Red Noodle beans to grow in out plot. They are both long beans and require trellis to grow. But before planting the seed, our farm coach advised to inoculate the seeds first. I placed the seeds on separate bowls and added water just enough to cover the seeds. I put… Read more
I installed a trellis today to accommodate the snow peas I have to transplant tomorrow. The trellis is a very simple design made up of plastic netting attached to T-posts. Our trellis will also support beans and tomatoes I intend to plant later this week.
We have plowed our plots and raised our beds. Now it’s time to install our irrigation system. Where we tap from the feeder line, we placed a timer to control the water output. We initially setup the timer to come on for 30 minutes, four times a day with 3 hour spacing, everyday. After the… Read more