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June 25, 2009

Wow! According to WordPress, this website has had over 1,000 hits so far! I’d love to know who is reading these rants and ramblings…

So, I was worried. Our pumpkins were just sitting there, actually shrinking day by day. Our lettuce was getting devoured by gophers, the tomato starts were laughing at us, and the flowers would throw a weak attempt at a bloom, then shrivel right up.

Some CSA.

Jon kept telling me to chill out. It’s just that I’m looking at it every day and don’t see the growth. But the grapevines are growing inches per day, and the melons? Well, they aren’t.

But this week, something changed, and I’m not sure what. All of a sudden, it was like someone flipped a switch and the farm decided to do something. The wildflower rows in the vineyard started blooming, the tomatoes started setting fruit, the zucchinis went bananas, and I swear there are weeds now in places I didn’t even know we had.

Solstice maybe? The Biodynamic calendar tells us that we’re heading back into Northern Planting Time, which basically means the moon is “descending” giving more vitality to roots (good time to apply compost, transplant, etc…). Just as the sun ascends for 6 months in the summer and descends in the winter, so does the moon as it travels through the constellations in the zodiac. It ascends for 2 weeks, then descends for 2 weeks. We’re coming into that 2 week period where the moon is descending and has less pull on sap flow and above ground plant parts. Sounds crazy, but the moon has been known to affect more than just plant roots… and boy, did we need some plant rooting.

Anyhoo… the next few weekends we’ll be on “mission beautify” for Rob and Chloe’s wedding. Weeding, mulching, planting flowers, cleaning the barn, and so on. Stay tuned if you want to be involved! As always, the more the merrier.

Zucchinis, peas, lettuces, herbs are on their way.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. Sage permalink
    June 26, 2009 11:09 pm

    Sorry I missed you this weekend!! I’d like to think that my help in sprinkling compost is really what made the difference. The Jeffers touch.

  2. dede heath permalink
    June 29, 2009 12:55 pm

    just a one-time visitor from Maine (Alix is family), but a frequent visitor to the website — if I lived closer, I’d join in a trice & support your wonderful venture. Looks better all the time! ~ dede

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