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
When you have a cat who goes on woods walks with you... Been taking in the winter break. Time to recuperate, time to plan, time to knock out errant house projects, time to spend with lovely people and animals.
The smallest of snails. #pinhead #littlethings
High tunnel progress... #farmlife #mainegrown #autumn
First design. Start of a 4" soil blocker...
#3dprinting #farmhack #soilblocks
3D Printing workshop for the farm at KVCC. The whole thing, including the 3D printers provided, was made possible by a local donor. Looking forward to designing/printing like a maniac this winter.
Back to that time of year when hand's freeze in the wash basins. Welcome, autumn!
There's a natural, high momentum to the farm season once May hits. One of the joys I find growing food are those moments that make me pause and take notice of a particular plant.
This here is an off-type of one of the cherry tomatoes I've been growing. Very different than the rest of its companions. A peach champagne color with a sweet, almost lemonade-like flavor. I'm all about it.
One of the few things I'll be saving seed from this season. Hopefully, to return next spring in greater abundance.
Striped beauties. #tomato #🍅
Next season's strawberry patch looking good. This is the time of year for coaxing back their runners into this bed and that bed. Watching them take shape and establish before autumn for the future harvest.
#strawberries #upick #mainegrown