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May 2019--In like a lion, out like a lamb?

Updated: Aug 21, 2021

I'm not too sure about this old saying, but it seemed like the lion and the lamb chased each other through the entire month of May, with weather unpredictable, cold and blistering, wet, and stormy, but also wonderful, calm and beautiful. I just saw a facebook video supposedly showing a tornado touching down just a couple miles from our farm two days ago, but yesterday, the last day of May, was as lovely as any early summer day could be.

May 31, 2019

We've been so busy in the last few weeks that I've lost all sense of time. It hardly seems possible that just a few people could do what we've gotten done, on top of all the other tasks we have to do. Especially my dear husband who does, after all, have a very demanding full-time job! But it has been especially nice to have our daughter home from college for the last couple weeks and to have all of her help getting various jobs done. My sister and I continue to work as much as we can each day, with our duties as mothers occasionally taking us away from farm work.

We have finished the hoophouse at last and planted in it. We finished prepping and planted an annual bed beside the hoophouse. Quite a lot of fencing has gone up. Plants have gone from seed to flowering in some cases. We just never know what's going to happen when dealing with all the variables that come our way, but the days are never dull.

Baby eucalyptus in the hoophouse

Sunflowers and Zinnias sprouting!

With my daughter, working in the hoophouse

Burning holes in the fabric

Love this wide barrier fabric!

Final prep before covering and planting

Prepped bed ready to rototill and cover.

We sold native plants at GreenFest in Boonsboro, MD for the first time this year. We will definitely be back next year. It was a lot of fun meeting all the people and taking part in this fantastic local festival. Kudos to the planning committee for such a great event! Next year we will have more lavender, cut flowers and may try selling potted dahlias in addition to the native plants that we offered this year Please email me if you attended GreenFest and have ideas of your own!

GreenFest booth

Next thing on the list is beginning to prepare much larger beds for next year, as well as potting up shrubs that have arrived as young plants and preparing the rows where they will be planted. We have plans!

Shipment of plants ready to pot up and plant this fall.

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