like a needle & thread

There is a work bee coming up, Monday May 27th 1-4, I’ve made room for a few more openings in the CSA this year, and I still have some heirloom tomato seedlings available.  But first…

Sometimes I am completely humbled and in awe of my neighbours.

009This mother robin has been sitting on her nest of eggs through snow, extended periods of cold rain, nights of frost, and she still keeps sitting.  She put a nest up very close to one of my caterpillar tunnels…

010A structure I put up to protect all of my tomato & cucurbit seedlings before they find their homes in the garden.  Its a nice treat to hear her and others chirping and singing – like a needle & thread mending the heart.  It’s so uplifting to see birds like the robins, barn swallows and bobolinks return, and to see the trees & lilacs leafing out and blooming once again.  What a gift spring is!

Perhaps the best way to steer clear of a “silent spring,” that is one that is void of song-birds and pollinators, flowers & leaves, is to savour all of these treasures as deeply as possible – to listen and to participate.

As I may have told some of you in person, I have decided to take on a few more members into the CSA for pickups either at the Clarksburg Farmers’  Market, or at the farm.  So while I posted “1 spot left!” a few weeks ago, I now have 3 or 4 openings – give me a shout if you would like to join – its a great way to get affordable & nutritious produce.  The season hasn’t started quite yet – for more info check out this link – CSA Details.

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Here I am, set up at the Kimberley General Store for the annual Seedy Sunday event that just happened – what fun!

There will be another Seedy Sunday tomorrow (the 26th) at EcoInhabit/The Market on HWY 26 east of Meaford – 11-3.

I’ve been busy putting broccoli into the upper garden – keep your eyes peeled for floating row cover if you drive by – I use it as a physical barrier to deter the flea beetle, as well as for a bit of frost protection…

In goes the baby broccoli...
In goes the baby broccoli…
On goes the row cover - huge thanks for the serendipitous arrival of Ben, Laurel & Melinda who showed up just as I was starting to lay this out (in a gentle breeze, of course)
On goes the row cover – huge thanks for the serendipitous arrival of Ben, Laurel & Melinda who showed up just as I was starting to lay this out (during a gentle breeze, of course)
I also use row cover to protect other brassicas such as radishes, turnips, arugula and asian greens - mmmm!
I also use row cover to protect other brassicas such as radishes, turnips, arugula and asian greens – mmmm!

THERE IS A WORK BEE COMING UP!  Monday May 27th from 1-4 pm I’ll be hosting a work bee at the farm.  We will probably be transplanting more little seedlings – want to get some dirt under your finger nails?  Interested in learning more about how to grow food organically?  Need a reason to get out of the house or take the day off work???  Please RSVP for this – Thanks!

So that’s all for now – tomato seedlings still available ($3.50 ea. or 6 for $12), a few spots left in the CSA, work bee on Monday, and keep your ears perked for the inspiring neighbours outside!  Here are a few more photos of the past week or so….

a rogue hen, making a dust bath beside some baby garlic
a rogue hen, making a dust bath beside some baby garlic
These hens get daily access to fresh air, green grass (and bugs) and the warmth of sunlight - I move their yard regularly so they get fresh grasses & herbs to supplement their diet
These hens get daily access to fresh air, green grass (and bugs) and the warmth of sunlight – I move their yard regularly so they get access to new growth of grasses & herbs to supplement their diet
Lilac in the background with some freshly transplanted head lettuce up close
Flowering lilac in the background with some newly transplanted head lettuce up close
If you haven't yet - come say hi at the Collingwood Farmers' Market - Lately I've had seedlings, sorrel, baby garlic, fresh thyme, parsley, tarragon, chives, leeks and more - we even had pipers walk through today!  Plenty of other great vendors as well
If you haven’t yet – come say hi at the Collingwood Farmers’ Market – Lately I’ve had seedlings, sorrel, baby garlic, fresh thyme, parsley, tarragon, chives, leeks and more – we even had pipers in kilts, and children dressed as birds on stilts walk through today! Plenty of other great vendors as well.

Thanks,

Mike

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