My final craigslist excursion for the farm season. I drove five hours down to Connecticut with Oso for this one. It's an old, Planet Jr. 8R6 two-wheeled cultivating tractor built in the 50's. These machines are straightforward tanks.
I need to remove the snow plow and get a toolbar from Wagner Cultivation Company, but this will be the heavy hitter for crop weeding for me, followed up with the various hand tools as needed.
Hard to take one of the few sunny days weve had this spring to make the drive south, but well worth it.
Long, wet spring, but the strawberry plants are starting to greening up. Looking forward to the coming u-pick season with some new varieties for the farm.
Next year's plants arrived yesterday. In addition to the June-bearing strawbs, we'll be putting two rows of fall-bearing strawberries into the new high tunnel to keep the berries coming.
Muddy day climbing up and down the ladder to tighten up the high tunnel's hardware. Still appreciating this rain.
Pip's heading in from the field. This basket will do the trick for now... #standnplant #mainegrown
Be well, little ones.
The other slick addition to this season's tool lineup. Cutting down on stooping over. Lindsey's in the field this evening feeding me plants to put into the ground. Need to rig a basket to my waist for solo work.
Drop spreader in action! #planetjr
In with the old! Drove south to MA this weekend and picked up some antique Planet Jr. farm tools from a farm in Seekonk. Built to last.
I picked up four double wheel hoes (two of which are project pieces, the other two heading to other local farmers) , a #220 drop spreader, and a celery cutter. I'm not a celery farmer, but have thoughts on turning it into a high clearance wheel hoe.
A little bit closer with the high tunnel. 45 yds of topsoil and compost later, and the pad is level. Pressure is on. 🍅🍓
Cleaning up the trails at the brewery before the Monday kegging shift.
Pea Shoots. #seaofgreen #springgreens #mainegrown
When spring offers you snow, build caterpillar tunnels. #farminginmaine #mainegrown
Test run of the 3D-printed 4" soil blocker. The smaller 2" blocks will nest right in when it's time to pot up the tomatoes, peppers, and huskcherries. A little time on the computer and $5 in materials saved $90 over the commercial model.
Soil blocks also produce healthier, air-pruned starts that experience less transplant shock. The little bit more effort seems worth it.
Also experimenting with a metal queen bee excluder from our neighbors, @swanshoney, up the road as a seedling tray. 1020 trays can hold 50 2" blocks, and break after a season or two of handling and UV exposure. This excluded can hold 80, and will last for years.
#ditchtheplastic #farmsmart #experiment #mainegrown
You ready for spring, too, guy?
Must be getting closer to spring or something. The maples know.
Day 3. Morning paddleboarding
Day 2 of wintertime with the family. Walked over to try to have a look at the upcoming structures for Carnival. #brazil #riodejaneiro
Little side trip on my way to Rio via Boston to spend two weeks with my family...Hauling two used woodstoves - a Jotul 600 and a Hearthstone Mansfield - to up our drafty, old farmhouse's energy efficiency. Wood hogging no more! #winterproject #deals #farmhouse